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SHUTDOWN Gates are locked at one of the 15 farms Rainbow Chickens is selling. The company will be retrenching workers to stay afloat. Picture: Siyanda Mayeza
SHUTDOWN Gates are locked at one of the 15 farms Rainbow Chickens is selling. The company will be retrenching workers to stay afloat. Picture: Siyanda Mayeza

Johannesburg - Government departments and South Africa’s poultry producers will meet in the next few weeks in a last-ditch bid to save the country’s chicken industry.

The sector is on the verge of collapse as it battles with a flood of cheap chicken quarters that are allegedly being dumped by EU countries and the US.

The move comes as several of the country’s biggest chicken producers, including KwaZulu-Natal’s iconic Rainbow Chickens, push ahead with mass retrenchments and farm sell-offs, which will see Rainbow alone cutting more than 1 350 jobs at the end of this month.

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