Poultry International - August 2018 - 21
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HOW CHICKEN CAN SUPPORT SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA'S GROWTH
ing these challenges.
First, feed represents the greatest
expense in production, and importing feed ingredients to the region
can be costly and difficult.
Breeders have addressed this
problem by selecting chickens with
optimum feed efficiency, and today's
breeds are improving in livability.
They can also grow at a healthy rate
and yield more meat, while consuming less feed.
These advancements bring huge
economic benefits, enabling farmers
to get the most from their existing
Today's birds perform extremely
well under varying climates and challenging conditions, which is important
for traditional African farmers who
often lack resources such as environmentally controlled housing. Modern
birds are also stronger and healthier.
However, even with birds that
perform well under challenging conditions, sound management practices
are critical for the genetic potential
to be achieved. Breeding companies
can offer the latest knowledge based
on intense field research, as well as
regional experts who can help farmers increase efficiencies and steadily
build success in their businesses.
producing robust poultry lines that
support economic sustainability, and
they're committed to do all that is
needed to support producers with a
cost-effective, nutritious and sustainable source of protein. ■
Jan Henriksen is CEO of Aviagen
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Global poultry breeding companies have not just an opportunity,
but a social responsibility to promote
the success of progressing world
regions such as SSA. Breeders have
already moved ahead of the game by
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