Since 2010, the poultry population in Rwanda increased tremendously by 9% of the annual rate. The ultimate statistical data shows the number of the population rising from 3.5 million in 2010 to 7.6 million in 2016; 69% of the population is local breeds, the rest being exotic breeds. However, the supply of day-old chicks, the basis of poultry business, is still lacking even though 3 companies in Rwanda have taken over the production of the previously imported goods (day-old chicks).
This deficiency presents opportunities to investors; note that the Government of Rwanda identified poultry as one of the avenues with great potential in the contribution to income provision, food security improvement and GDP increase.
The aforesaid observation was made during the conference “Poultry Africa 2017,”a 2-day event taking place in Rwanda from the 4th to the 5th of October. The event brought together more than 1000 key players in the poultry industry from different continents to discuss the development of poultry production, to create business partnerships and to share knowledge of the different strategies that are used in poultry production. The event seeks to boost the poultry production in Africa. Seminars, conferences and exhibitions are the main activities for the participants to engage in.
The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Rwanda, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, said during the event, “The vision of the poultry industry in Rwanda is to transform the largely substance to a more knowledge intensive market oriented sub-sector adding value to poultry products.”