HOPE NYOKA, Chipata
EASTERN Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EPCCI) has called on poultry farmers to take advantage of the local market following the ban on importation of chickens from South Africa and Zimbabwe due to the outbreak of bird flu.
EPCCI president Thomas Mtonga said the ban on importation of chicken products from South Africa is a wake-up call to the local poultry farmers.
In an interview last week, Mr Mtonga said the province has a number of people rearing broilers and could be supplied to supermarkets in the area.
Mr Mtonga called on leading chain stores in the area to support farmers by buying locally-grown chickens and their produce.
“We welcome the decision by Government to ban importation of chicken products from South Africa. Supermarket owners should support local suppliers by ordering local chickens,” he said.
Mr Mtonga thanked Government for banning the importation of chicken products from South Africa, saying the development will protect the local chickens from contracting bird flu.
“Bird flu has broken out in that country and the measure taken by Government is timely and should be supported by all,” he said.