The poultry sector in Rwanda is growing rapidly, driven by the rising demand for animal protein and the growing middle class in the region. The government of Rwanda recognizes the significant role that the poultry sector can play in its economy and has outlined its vision in the Livestock Master Plan published in 2017. The plan aims to transform the poultry industry from a subsistence-based sector to a knowledge-intensive and market-oriented sector, with the goal of raising the number of hens from 5.2 million in 2016 to 7.1 million in 2022. The government wants to enhance productivity in three coexisting sub-systems: Improved Traditional Family Chicken, Crossbreed Family Chicken, and Specialized Commercial Chicken production. This transformation is expected to result in a more advanced poultry sector, better income for chicken growers, and improved food and nutrition security for the Rwandan people.
The poultry sector faces several challenges and offers notable opportunities for investors. Challenges include issues in feed supply, day-old chicks, genetics, and concerns about animal health and biosecurity. The sector also grapples with a lack of knowledge and training, poor access to credit, and market fluctuations in chicken meat and egg prices. However, these challenges open doors for investors, particularly Dutch businesses. Opportunities lie in addressing knowledge gaps through training programs, investing in the production and supply of quality poultry feed, improving breeding and genetics, enhancing access to finance, and fostering overall business development within the Rwandan poultry sector. This presents a promising landscape for both local and foreign investors keen on contributing to the growth and transformation of the Rwandan poultry industry.
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