The Cameroonian government, through the Ministry of Livestock, and Interprofession avicole du Cameroun (Ipavic, Poultry Association of Cameroon), are currently finalising the details for the organisation of the 2nd edition of the International Poultry Fair of Yaounde, which will take place from 26 to 28 October 2016 in the Cameroonian capital.
This event will take place in a context of revitalisation of the local poultry sector, which has just suffered losses estimated at approximately FCFa 10 billion due to the bird flu epizooty, which started in a farm in the capital in May 2016, before spreading to several regions of the country. Among those were the Western region, which accounts for 80% of the national poultry sector.
The recent reopening of the poultry market in the infected areas has given back some hope to the Cameroonian poultry farmers, who however look forward to a potential financial support from the State. Based on the requirements expressed by Ipavic, this sector urgently needs 20,000 tons of maize, 2 million one-day chicks and financing worth FCfa 450 million to run again.