Cutting imports will help poultry sector grow and create jobs
Poultry producers receive no government subsidies and the R6.1bn import cost could be used to boost the economy
As we launch into 2021 amid uncertainty over the Covid-19 pandemic, the SA poultry sector remains a strategic national industry. Chicken has long been the major source of protein for South Africans, cementing this industry’s role in assuring our country’s food security.
A modern, efficient and internationally competitive industry, and the largest component of our agriculture sector, it plays a significant role in the economy, contributing to food security and employment. The poultry industry contributes about 18% of agricultural GDP and 39% of animal-product gross value (2016 figures). The “farm-gate” value of chicken meat and egg production was about R47bn in 2016, with the retail value representing a further R10bn-R15bn...