Chicken Industry

Black farmers benefit from industry investment

South Africa’s poultry industry is investing in black poultry farmers.

SAPA chairman Aziz Sulliman said R1.14 billion has been invested so far, mainly for black contract growers, with a further R400 million to come this year.

“Contract growing has been a very useful form of transformation in the poultry industry, yet it is dramatically under-reported. Due to the guaranteed market access and the co-management model followed, very few contract growing operations fail.”

Aziz said the industry expected to have created 1 365 additional jobs by the end of 2022.

As SAPA’s Izaak Breitenbach explained late last year, black contract growers were farming 12.6 million birds, and this would increase to 16 million birds during 2022.

In the past two years alone, black farmers had built 79 poultry houses to the value of R355 million, while the industry investment would create markets for these additional chickens.

“This is massive for our emerging farmers, and for South Africa,” Breitenbach said. 

Indeed it is.

Image: Tumi Mokwene founder of Phetogo Poultry farm.