THE poultry industry continued to achieve positive growth in 2015 mainly due to new entrants and expansion of existing hatcheries, says Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) national chairman Rhodnie Sisala.
He said the broiler subsector recorded a marginal four percent growth posting an estimated 78 million day old broiler chicks compared to 73.9 million recorded in 2014.
“During the year ended 31st December 2015, the poultry industry continued to achieve positive growth with the broiler subsector recording a marginal 4 percent growth posting an estimated 78 Million day old broiler chicks compared with the 73.9 million recorded in 2014,” Mr Sisala said.
He said the layers subsector equally posted positive growth with an estimated production of 2.6 million day old pullets compared to 1.9 million recorded in 2014.
Mr Sisala said egg production also registered a marginal increase from 1,035 million to 1,275 million eggs in 2015.
He explained that growth was mainly due to new entrants such as Zamhatch and expansion of existing hatcheries.
Mr Sisala explained that the investment by Zamhatch which is a joint venture between Zambeef and Rainbow Chickens of South Africa increased the total number of commercial day old chick producers.
“The feed subsector also recorded a marginal 3 percent increase in production from 370,000 MT to an estimated 382,000 MT. Several medium scale broiler as well as layer farms were also established during the year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Sisala said a new state of the art chicken processing plant was commissioned by Supreme chickens in the last quarter of 2015.
He said Supreme Chickens is a member of the Ross Breeders Zambia Ltd group.
Mr Sisala said the investment in upstream value addition added a milestone in the poultry industry by increasing the total number of commercial processors to six.
“This green field investment in upstream value addition added yet another milestone in the poultry industry increasing the total number of commercial processors to six,’’ he said.
Mr Sisala also said the industry did not record any major disease outbreaks in the last quarter of 2015 due to adherence to good biosecurity practices by primary and secondary producers.
“Effective vaccination programmes by the breeders and farmers as well as Government vaccination programmes which mainly target village chickens especially in rural areas also contributed to the disease free. In addition, the country did not record significant imports of frozen chicken,” he said.