Namibia to Produce Chickens Locally12 October 2010
NAMIBIA - The Namib Poultry Industries company is in the process of setting up a poultry project between Okahandja and Windhoek to produce chickens for the Namibian market.
Citing Namibian news agency Nampa, Bernama reports that Namib Poultry Industries General Manager (GM), Gys White said the aim of the project is to make Namibia self-sufficient in the supply of chickens.
The project will commence with production in November next year.
Construction is set to start next January on a farm of 3,500 hectares, situated approximately 30 kilometres north of Windhoek, opposite the Okapuka Lodge on the B1 road to Okahandja.
Mr White noted that the project will be an integrated initiative, and will include a breeding stock, the supply of eggs to the hatchery, and production of chickens.
"The project will produce frozen, fresh, as well as value-added products," he said, adding that they will also export chickens to other markets, such as Angola in the near future.
According to Mr White, the project will create about 600 new job opportunities. Owners of the project, Namib Mills and Feedmaster have been planning the poultry project for the past nine years.
They gave funding for the project after their international boards of directors approved it, said Mr White.