The Zimbabwe Poultry Farmers’ Association has said that prices of chicken are expected to continue going down due to increased production and falling prices of stock feed. Prices have decreased from $4 per kilogramme to around $3,50 per kilogramme as farmers are recovering from the effects of last year’s outbreaks of avian flu. Zimbabwe Poultry Farmers’ Association chairperson Retired Colonel George Nare said,
Production has gone up. We have also seen the prices of stock feed going down from $35,50 to $34 per 50 kilogrammes which has also resulted in the dropping of prices because a kilogramme of chicken which used to be $4 is now $3,50.
We wish the prices would further go down to $30 because small to medium farmers are facing stiff competition from the big companies, which are producing their own stock feed. These farmers do not get them at high volume as the big companies. We are, however, grateful that things are moving in a positive direction at last but we need the process to be a little bit faster. The price of day-old chicks is still high, some are selling them at $100 for 100 chicks while others are charging $115, you should remember that before the Avian Influenza attack they used to go for $70.
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