The chicken industry is calling on Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel to re-enact dumping duties on certain chicken cuts from five countries in August, following a 12-month suspension of the tariffs. 

The local produces, represented by the SA Poultry Association (SAPA), are hoping for more protection as the industry battles load-shedding that adds over R1 per kilogram in chicken production costs. Chicken feed prices have been very high and are only now dropping after about 18 months with the biggest producer Astral saying in January it was selling chicken at a loss. Feed accounts for 70% of the cost of producing a chicken. ..

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