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South African poultry farmers call for import protection

South African poultry producers, led by the country’s largest, Rainbow Chicken, are calling for protection from cheap imports as profits for domestic producers continue to drop.

Rainbow Chicken recently reported a 94% drop in annual profit, with net income dropping to 16.7 million rand ($1.6 million) in the 12 months ended June from 266.8 million rand. Even the acquisition of food manufacturer and distributor Foodcorp in May could not revive the deficit.

“Rainbow has experienced an extremely difficult year with high import volumes and record feed input decimating margins,” the company said in a statement. “The poultry industry is at crisis point and anti-dumping protection is key to the survival of the industry.”

Rivals Afgri and Astral Foods also announced lower than expected earnings. Afgri forecast year-end earnings to fall as much as 34%. The drops have been attributed to government delays in addressing more import tariffs and antidumping initiatives.

The South African Poultry Association has asked the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa to raise duties to as much as 82% from the current 5-27% range. It claims imports of some poultry cuts from Brazil and Europe are hurting the local industry and may lead to as many as 20,000 job losses. The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters, a local meat-trading lobby group, says increasing duties will drive up food costs for local consumers.

World Poultry

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    As a rule there is usually more than one side to any situation.In this case,like most others, it becomes a balancing act.The problem is in controlling the sway, who is in charge of carrying the bar ?
    Two groups of people,local producers, importers,the latter group should be primarily to maintain an equilibrium in the supply balance/chain and this quantity should be pre determined by the two groups.Not a cartel situation but to maintain adequate supply of chicken at a fair price throughout the year.If not, this will be a continual struggle for both sides with no winner.The SA producer invests large amounts of capital for production and faces many risks,mortality,labour unrest,theft,AI threat and many more. All the importer needs, is to know his 'Trade' ,connections and he benefits from much lower capital requirements with virtually no risk that cannot be covered by insurance. On the producers side cover for chicken mortalities are not entertained. Why not work together? Where there is strife, negativity occurs and there will be losers.Who will it be ? Dare I say, the consumer!

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