June 8, 2021

Cameroon sees shortage of broilers in local market



Cameroon is witnessing a shortage of broilers in the country, leading to higher prices sold for available birds.


To justify such price hikes, poultry farmers highlighted the difficulties faced by hatchery operators to import hatching eggs and day old chicks.


"Currently, the main producers of these products are under the (threat of) avian flu. This problem was worsened by fund transfer difficulties at the central bank, according to what bankers told us," François Djonou , president of the Cameroonian Poultry Interprofessional Organization (IPAVIC), told a government daily.


In March 2021, Cameroon's government authorised the import of avian products from Brazil, which is considered free from avian flu.


However, the importations have not started, Djonou said. He added that local poultry farmers have received products from Morocco and Turkey.


The supply difficulties experienced in the local avian sector could reduce the industry's contribution to meat production in Cameroon.


In 2019, the poultry industry contributed 71% of the country's meat production, far ahead of cattle farming, according to a study on the strategic positioning of the fish and meat industries published by the Enterprises Upgrading Office of Cameroon (BMN).