Millions of chicks have been destroyed by poultry farmers in Ethiopia due to a severe drop in demand from the hotel sector, which is battling under the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
A significant supplier of poultry products in the country’s capital Addis Ababa, EthioChicken, said it had to kill nearly 650,000 chicks recently, and estimated millions had been destroyed country-wide, reports Reuters, adding that the impact is extremely disrupting for the sector.
“We also had to actually pull some eggs from our hatchery, so that we could destroy them as eggs instead of chicks,” Fseha Tesfu at EthioChicken told Reuters. Photo: Zoe Schaeffer
“This sector used to employ a vast group of society in different regions of the country, whether it is the youth or women, in all sorts of age groups,” Meba Gabriel Estifanos, a veterinarian, who also owns a small farm in Addis Ababa, said, adding, “Now, because we are not receiving day-old chicks as the supply chain is totally disrupted, the society employed by the sector is not working at all.”
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