Cameroon – Poultry: Although banned since 2006, frozen chicken resurfaces in Cameroon

Written by Gisele Alba

The scarcity of broiler chicken on the Cameroonian market in recent weeks, a direct consequence of the avian influenza epidemic that broke out in the country in May 2016, then resisted until the beginning of this year 2017 in the most large production basin of the country (the western region), gave ideas to some economic operators.

Taking advantage of the porosity of borders with neighboring countries such as Gabon, Nigeria, Chad and Equatorial Guinea, the latter have succeeded, with the complicity of certain customs officers, in importing cargoes of frozen chicken on the Cameroonian market.

In Yaoundé, the capital, these products, which have been banned since 2006, are sold freely in markets, especially in fish shops. The price of this commodity fluctuates between 1 800 and 2 000 francs CFA per kilogram, against 4 500 to 6 000 francs CFA for the standing chicken of 2.5 kg.

As a reminder, operators in the Cameroonian poultry sector estimated the losses caused by the last epizootic of avian influenza, which resulted in the destruction of large cargoes of breeding animals and hatching eggs, at around 16 billion CFA francs. Now difficult access for breeders to one of their main raw materials is the 1-day old chick.

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