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Egyptian Poultry Industry Recovering Well
Jun 19, 2007

Production rate was around 2 million of poultry per day before the bird flu epidemic hit the African nation in February 2006.

Production rate was around 2 million of poultry per day before the bird flu epidemic hit the African nation in February 2006. Though, some bird flu traces have appeared of late but a large-scale vaccination campaign & advanced control measures have put the Egyptian poultry industry back on track.

The govt. has also decided to continue exemption of custom taxes on frozen fish & meat, introduced after the bird flu epidemic resulted in animal protein shortage.

Earlier this year, Egypt's poultry industry witnessed a record decline due to bird flu epidemic that broke in February. Culling of nearly 20 million birds countrywide & the massive drop in demand brought a major collapse in the Poultry industry.

However, the recovery in the industry has been quite remarkable. The govt. has imposed strict control over selling & production of poultry like ban on live chicken sales & ban on breeding in the urban regions. Moreover, measures have been taken to prevent unsafe culling & encourage co-operation among large firms to increase production.

A food industry analyst at
RNCOS said, "Despite the recovery, there is still a lot of untapped potential in Egyptian Poultry industry. Poultry production is still low & great improvements can occur with advancements in feed efficiency, adopting new technologies to enhance productivity & working on management practices."

He further added, "Industry can get a much needed boost if efficiency can be increased further with adoption of improved management skills & production technologies by private sector companies. For instance, increasing average weight for every bird can improve the performance of industry. Moreover, advanced breeding programs can also be adopted to enhance productivity."

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