The Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) has elected a new National Chairperson; Veronica Machungwa. Ms. Machungwa went through unopposed and takes over from outgoing Chairperson Mr. Rhodnie Sisala. Former PAZ Executive Manager Mr. Mathews Ngosa is new Vice Chairman while Mr. Jeff Miti is the new processing Chairman. Mr. Rene Lourens assumes the position of Allied Industry Chairperson while Mr. Herman Nienabar is Hatcheries Chairman. The new Broiler Sub-Committee Chairperson is Ms. Monica Mwape while Mr. Lovemore Chinyama retained the Treasurer Position.

And outgoing chairperson Mr. Sisala said the industry experienced strong demand for poultry and poultry products in the midst of supply challenges for day old chicks. Mr. Sisala said the situation was critical during the first and second quarters of 2018. He, however, said the situation was not unique to Zambia, but affected most countries in the southern African region.

He said according to the an analysis by PAZ, the situation was triggered by recent outbreaks of Avian Influenza in major chicken producing countries such as South Africa and Zimbabwe. Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Honourable Kampamba Mulenga has called for consultations among livestock sector players to address the many growth inhibitive challenges. Addressing the 16th Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) Annual General Meeting (AGM), Honourable Mulenga said government was committed to making Zambia the breadbasket of the region and would not work in a silo, but take on board issues being raised by stakeholders that are retrogressive to growth.

She said she was ready to meet with PAZ and ZNFU by the end of the month. The Minister acknowledged that issues raised, such as questionable levies by councils, and issues surrounding water rights, commodity pricing and regulatory matters need to be discussed and solutions found. She, however, called on the sector to speak with one voice instead of presenting different positions which sends wrong signals to government. She urged the sector to constitute a team that she would meet with to address matters affecting the sector. And Ms. Kampamba has said government will closely monitor the importation of poultry and poultry products into the country in view of the outbreak of Avian Influenza and listeriosis in South Africa.

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