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chickensBusinessLive reports that according to the SA Poultry Association (Sapa), if the right support measures were put in place by the government, including curbing cheap chicken imports, the sector could immediately create 30,000 new jobs.  

The sector employs about 130,000 people.  However, it has shed hundreds of jobs in recent years and has blamed this on an influx of cheap chicken imports, particularly from the EU and Brazil.  The local industry and unions argue that those countries sell chicken meat below cost and have called on the government to intervene.  But according to the EU and Brazilian producers, their farmers are simply more competitive than their counterparts in SA.  Izaak Breitenbach, newly appointed Sapa GM, said on Wednesday the biggest challenge facing the broiler industry at the end of 2018 was the impact that dumping has had on the sector.  He indicated:  “It is essential for both small and big farmers that the macroeconomic environment is managed successfully to grow the industry; and if that were to happen the industry could expand by 30% and create 30,000 new jobs virtually immediately.”

  • Read Bekezela Phakathi’s report on this story in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, SA poultry industry wants hefty increase in tariffs to protect local industry, at BusinessLive

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