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US Investment to Boost Rwanda's Poultry Industry

by 5m Editor
13 January 2010, at 7:01a.m.

RWANDA - An unnamed US poultry company is said to be considering investment in the country's poultry industry.

Rwanda's unexploited poultry business is set for a huge boost following the interest of an American investor, according to All Africa.

Agnes Kalibata, the Minister of Agriculture said that the new investment will greatly increase the production of poultry products in the country, bridging the national supply deficit of both broilers and layers chicks.

National production is estimated at 5,000 chicks per month against a demand of 40,000.

"The industry has huge potential but is challenged by capacity and infrastructure," she said.

The Minister said that the investor is expected to commence operations in the first quarter of 2010 and will focus on foreign markets.

Two hatcheries in Bugesera and Musanze districts will be established through a joint venture with Tyson Foods – one of the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork.

Ms Kalibata, who declined to mention the investor's name, said he/she (investor) is currently working on issues related to biosecurity, capacity and development of personnel skills.

The government also plans to establish hatcheries in other districts, increasing the production four times and catering for 50 per cent of the demand.

All Africa reports that, between October 2008 and August 2009, the national hatchery produced over 200,000 day-old chicks and about 500,000 eggs.