Ross Breeders Africa, distributor for Ross broiler chickens in African, plans to invest US$17 million to expand its operations in Zambia for the Ross 308 broiler.
The expansion will include building a new broiler hatchery near Chongwe, additional breeder houses, a new “Grand Parent” farm in Mazabuka, staff housing and ancillary buildings.
“The project will be completed in stages with the commercial hatchery planned for completion by October 2013 and the GP farm and parent breeder houses by the end of 2014,” the company stated.
The new broiler hatchery is designed for six hatches a week, rather than the conventional four, resulting in the hatching of one million day-old broiler chicks per week. Once the hatchery is completed, extra breeder houses will be installed, tripling the production capacity of Ross Breeders Africa.
“This investment shows our faith in Zambia both as an expanding economy and a hub for our Grand Parent project which exports parents all over southern and central Africa as well as providing the local industry with Ross 308 broilers and parents,” said Ross Breeders Zambia managing director Colin Lindsay.
The company also has operations in South Africa and Botswana