EU CONCERNED AT ITS FALLING POULTRY EXPORTS TO SOUTH AFRICA

The European Union says its exports of poultry products to South Africa over the last three months are expected to fall as two-thirds of EU member countries have been temporarily banned from exporting poultry to this country in November, as a result of an outbreak of avian flu.

The EU hosted a media briefing here Tuesday to clarify its position on the crisis facing South Africa’s poultry sector which has seen huge job losses over the last few weeks because of the oversupply of poultry imports from the United States, South America and the EU.

More than 1,300 workers at Rainbow Chicken, one of the country’s biggest poultry products companies, have lost their jobs because the company simply cannot compete against cheaper imports.

Rainbow Chicken Managing Director Scott Pitman says measures have been taken to retain some workers and to assist others.

Pitman added that as sad as it was to see workers go, more retrenchments could follow if the government did nothing to stop the dumping of chicken into South Africa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK