As the government seeks to combat the economic devastation resulting from Covid-19, it has in its hands a ready-made prescription for job creation and poverty alleviation. The poultry sector master plan is in many ways more relevant now than when it was signed at the end of 2019.

The plan aims to create thousands of jobs in a revitalised chicken industry. It is many months behind schedule, mainly because of the impact of the pandemic, so its detailed timetable will need revising and updating. That’s a task that needs to be addressed with urgency because of the prospect of steady job creation, particularly in poor rural areas, over the next three years...

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