S. African poultry producers seek protection against dumping – Xinhua

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) — The stakeholders in the poultry industry on Tuesday held a special forum in Johannesburg and recommended that imports be reduced by 50 percent and local producers asking for protection against dumping.

The forum was attended by representatives from government, poultry producers, research institutions and civil society lobby groups in the poultry sector.

It was revealed during the forum that the poultry sector faces high input costs (like grain feed) and large volumes of cheap imported chicken, mostly from the EU, Brazil and the US. It was said the imports from the EU are highly subsidized.

Imameleng Mothebe, director of agri-processing in the Department of Trade and Industry, said they are proposing some measures to make the poultry sector viable. These…

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