More than 160 small chicken farmers have gone out of business in the past four months in South Africa, with profits of big companies being reduced by more than 20 percent as a result of chicken imports.
This is according to the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) which said that 50,000 tonnes of chicken imports monthly sold at a lower price is impacting the local sector.
SAPA’s general manager Izaak Breitenbach said Friday that if the problem is not addressed in South Africa, the sectors would be decimated.
He added that the local sector had no problems with imports, but was opposed to dumping of cheap chicken.
While the local industry directly employs 50,000, about 10 percent of those jobs have been lost due to the challenge, said Breitenbach, who called for stiffer tariffs.
He said African nations affected by uncontrolled chicken dumping must work together and fight the issue. He added that the poultry sectors in countries such as Ghana had almost been wiped out because of this problem. Enditem