Zambian chickens head for DR Congo market

THE bilateral trade agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) negotiated in 2015 will this year open up a wider market for the Zambian poultry products, says Poultry Association Zambia (PAZ) national chairperson Rhodnie Sisala.

Mr Sisala said the agreement would also allow more growth of the sector and contribute to increased foreign currency earnings for Zambia.

“The poultry sector is keenly following the new developments on the bilateral trade agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo which was negotiated during the year under review.

“This will open up a wider market for the Zambian poultry products and thus allow further growth of the sector and contribute to increased foreign currency earnings in the country,” he said.

Mr Sisala however said the revised fees under Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) would push up the prices of drugs and vaccines, putting further pressures on the profitability of poultry farming in Zambia.

He said there was need for the Government to keep the revised fees under control particularly as the poultry industry sought to enter competitive export markets.

There is need for the Government to keep these costs under control particularly as the poultry industry seeks to enter competitive export markets,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Sisala said despite not having a dedicated policy framework to guide the livestock subsector, the industry continued to grow in 2015.

“On the policy front, the industry continued to grow despite not having a dedicated policy framework to guide the livestock sub-sector as the Government had not finalized the Livestock Development Act and its regulations,” he said.

He said Government policy changes and regulations such as the poultry reservations scheme were of significant interest to the poultry.

“At the end of the year, this piece of legislation was yet to be finalized. It is expected to be effected early in the New Year,” he said.

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