Kenyan poultry stakeholders have raised concerns on the importation of poultry products into Kenya. Officials say the move will hinder the value chain of poultry industry in the country.
In recent years, the Kenya poultry industry has improved production efficiency and become effective in production and supply. Stakeholders say, that cheaper imports will make the market worse.
According to the poultry industry officials, the current demand for poultry products is not high and they are therefore requesting the government to regulate the importation in order to stabilize the market.
Lack of skills and farm inputs and market are some of the challenges farmers are facing in the country, something that is attracting importers into the industry.
According to stakeholders, Poultry farming in Kenya is a huge industry with over 15 billion chicken being reared every single year.
In other news, many Kenyan farmers have been at crossroad as the price of eggs has drastically dropped due to the increase in imports in the country, amid rising cost of feeds.
The cost of eggs has dropped to an all-time low cost in the East African region, with each retailing from an average of 12SH. Both retail and wholesale prices of the commodity have unstable in the past months. Farmers are selling a crate of 30 eggs from as low as 300 ksh.
In turn, traders, who include shopkeepers, are selling an egg to consumers at between 11sh and 12sh. According to many poultry farmers in the country, the demand for eggs is high, but the market is heavily saturated with the commodities imported from diffrent6countries like Uganda and South Africa.
In this regard, many farmers in Kenya avoid selling their eggs to shopkeepers as they will pay less than the production cost of rearing poultry, leading to an unhealthy competition between local and imported products.