Local chicken producers are threatening to cancel or postpone up to R570m in new investments in protest against the suspension of additional duties on imported chicken from five countries for 12 months.

Trade, industry & competition (DTIC) minister Ebrahim Patel this week deferred anti-dumping duties on chicken to alleviate supply shortages and rising food costs. This means there will not be an increase in tariffs for poultry products from Brazil, Ireland, Denmark, Spain and Poland. Now, importers are paying a 62% duty...

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