Commentary from Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing for Agriculture at FNB Business:
(South Africa )12 July 2017: The ban of South African chicken by neighbouring countries will have a negative impact as Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana account for a substantial number of our broiler exports. The ban is a major blow to the local industry which has been grappling a downturn over the last two years.
We can only hope that the current ban from neighbouring countries is temporary because if it lasts longer than a few more months, the industry could find itself shedding a further estimated 2500 jobs, and see a dent of 0,13% on output and Gross Value Added. The grain industry would also most likely take a knock as they provide feed to the poultry industry.