Rwandan government boosting poultry sector

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The Rwandan government plans to increase egg production by 143 percent by adding 4 million chickens to the country’s overall flock.

While participating at a recent gathering of government officials and development partners, Rwanda Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources Gerardine Mukeshimana said that by adding more chickens, the animal agriculture sector will get an economic boost while also provide more proteins and improved nutrition to people of the country, reported AllAfrica.

Earlier in the year at the Poultry Africa trade show, Jean Claude Kayisinga, Rwanda’s permanent secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, spoke of the Rwandan poultry sector’s potential.

Kayisinga said that the poultry industry needs to take advantage of the country’s favorable economic climate and geographical location.

Rwanda, according to Kayisigna, has 27 large egg producers, with flocks ranging from 20,000 to 40,000 birds. Its broiler sector features three private commercial slaughterhouse facilities. While the poultry industry has grown in Rwanda in recent years, Kaysigna pointed out that there is still a need for further investment.

According to figures from the ministry, Rwanda produced 80 million eggs in 2010, but that number grew to about 157.7 million in 2016.

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