Multi-partner Project Strengthens Poultry Production in the Midlands Province

The Inclusive Poultry Value Chain (IPVC), a project under the EU funded Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme, has emerged as a pillar of support for poultry value chains in the Midlands Province. Managed in the province by Welthungerhilfe, the IPVC project is strengthening and streamlining local farmers’ poultry production by encouraging them to form poultry production groups and associations to benefit economies of scale when they access inputs form reputable value chain players. An added benefit has been the synchronised marketing of their birds to bulk buyers to increase their profit margins.

Multi-partner Project Strengthens Poultry Production in the Midlands Province
Multi-partner Project Strengthens Poultry Production in the Midlands Province

The Inclusive Poultry Value Chain (IPVC), a project under the EU funded Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme, has emerged as a pillar of support for poultry value chains in the Midlands Province.

Managed in the province by Welthungerhilfe, the IPVC project is strengthening and streamlining local farmers’ poultry production by encouraging them to form poultry production groups and associations to benefit economies of scale when they access inputs form reputable value chain players. An added benefit has been the synchronised marketing of their birds to bulk buyers to increase their profit margins.

Speaking to the AgriSeason, the Welthungerhilfe Midlands Head of Projects, Mr. Johannes Chikarate, said that IPVC is educating farmers and encouraging them to form associations so that they can negotiate for higher discounts when they buy inputs from reputable value chain suppliers in bulk.

Mr. Chikarate said that in poultry production, feed is the most critical input constituting upwards of 60% of the total input costs.

“Farmers are able to negotiate discounts of up to 5% on feed alone if they buy a minimum of 30 tonnes of feed and are able to negotiate for high discounts if they buy more.” says Chikarate.

He added, “A discount of 5% on feed alone can translate to an increase of 4% in profit margin.”

According to Mr. Chikarate, road runner producers need to vaccinate their birds against New Castle Disease and a small bottle vaccinates 1000 birds. As such it should be used on opening to avoid wastage making it important for farmers to buy the vaccine as a group and vaccinate at once. The farmers cannot buy anything smaller and the vaccine cannot be kept any longer after vaccinating a few birds.

 At the advent of COVID-19, all commodity markets were closed by authorities and farmers are now advised to work together with authorities to develop and establish COVID-19 compliant models and facilities where they can sell their products and services from.

 

By Francis Bingandadi Managing Editor AgriSeason