As the COVID-19 puts pressure on the livestock sector, the International Poultry Council (IPC) has appealed to the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to support the industry and guarantee its operation. The Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) and other local stakeholders have also joined in the campaign to save the industry.
The chicken meat market in Africa stood at $11.4 billion in 2018, according to a report published by Index Box, a global research firm. The figure reflected the total revenue of producers and importers. The countries with the highest volumes of chicken meat production, according to the report, were South Africa (1.8m tonnes), Egypt (1.1m tonnes) and Morocco (720,000 tonnes), with a combined 62 per cent share of total production. Algeria, Nigeria, Malawi, Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Sudan and Mozambique lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 21 per cent.
Also, the countries with the highest volumes of chicken meat consumption in 2018 were South Africa (2.1m tonnes), Egypt (1.1m tonnes) and Morocco (720k tonnes), with a combined 52 per cent share of total consumption. Angola, Algeria, Ghana, Libya, Nigeria, Malawi, Tunisia, Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 27 per cent. Driven by increasing demand for chicken meat in Africa, analysts expect the market to continue an upward consumption trend.
But this may not be achievable. The global poultry industry is taking a massive hit after social media rumors that coronavirus could be spread by chicken meat. Analysts predicted potential shocks in supply and demand, driven by quarantine and logistics and temporary changes in consumer demand towards home consumption and non-perishable products. The impact has led to some feed mills and slaughter houses being shut down, creating real supply chain problems. The Nation