MALAWI - Along with several other African countries, Malawi's poultry industry is currently being affected by illegal frozen poultry imports.
This comes amidst observation that Malawi’s imports far outweigh exports, a development that leads to trade imbalance hence affecting the buy Malawi campaign, reported Capital FM Malawi.
The campaign, which was launched in 2010, seeks to empower local companies and entrepreneurs to produce more products to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
In a statement, the National Chairperson of the Poultry Industry Association of Malawi, Alexander Stewart, stresses that such importation is done against the existing restriction orders.
He indicates that the local poultry market is capable of meeting the domestic consumption and provides employment from grain production, processing, distribution as well as retailing.
Mr Stewart has since appealed to the government to enforce the restriction orders on poultry imports.
The commercial poultry sector is concentrated around cities, trading centres and urban backyards. This sector comprises less than 10 per cent of the total chicken population of 12 million, with the remaining poultry raised by smaller-scale producers.ThePoultrySite News Desk