Feed Strategy - June 2018 - 39
FeedStrategy ❙ 39
Faced with imports, avian influenza
and drought, weaker demand from
South Africa's poultry producers
pulls feed sales down.
ales of animal feed in South Africa last year contracted for the first time in the history of the Animal
Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA).
While demand for feed from across livestock sectors was lower, it was from the poultry industry - accounting for more than 60 percent of sales and hit by
growing imports, avian influenza and drought - that
demand was particularly weak, leading to AFMA
reporting sales of 6.477 million tons, a decrease of 6.2
percent compared with the year before.
While 2017 saw demand for broiler feed fall
by 5.3 percent last year, and that for layer feed decrease by 3.5 percent, weaker demand for poultry
and other feed can be traced back
Hard times continue for South Africa's further than 2017.
Demand for livestock feed had
poultry industry, www.WATTAgNet.
been continually growing up until
the start of the financial crisis of
2008-09. However, with the downJune 2018 ❙ www.WATTAgNet.com