SA’s poultry industry on the road to recovery

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 A farmer veterinary walks inside a poultry farm
A farmer veterinary walks inside a poultry farm

Johannesburg - As the country recovers from the worst drought in history, the local poultry sector seems to be recuperating and forecasts show the likelihood of significantly better summer crops, causing food prices to drop.

Astral Foods and Sovereign Foods this week exhibited the scars brought on by the recent hardships in the chicken industry.

Key factors that hurt the sector include increases in the price of agricultural commodities, which, in turn, sent feed prices soaring, an avalanche of imports, the stagnant South African economy and new brining regulations. Brining is the use of salty water to preserve chicken.

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