Former chicken farmer explains why SA's poultry industry is struggling

According to the South African Poultry Association, chicken imports are causing job losses in South Africa and are a threat to the survival of the industry.

In a parliamentary meeting last week the association said the rampant dumping, mainly from European Union countries has already led to job shedding.

A task team involving the Departments of trade, industry and labour was established last year to address the issues.

Detailing farming methods in South Africa, former commercial chicken farmer Keith Lauwerens explains why there is space for imports and some of the real challenges facing the domestic market.

We are rated number five in the world on chicken farming methods and systems.

Keith Lauwerens, Commercial chicken farmer

The problem in South Africa is that we don’t have enough volumes on the equipment, we only represent 1.5% of the world’s chicken industry.

Keith Lauwerens, Commercial chicken farmer

We produce 19.7 million birds a week. Our market is about 21 million, so there is space for an importer.

Keith Lauwerens, Commercial chicken farmer

America, 123 million a week. Brazil, 199 million a week. So, you can look at the economies of scale.

Keith Lauwerens, Commercial chicken farmer

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