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Rwanda Produces Over 130 Million Eggs Per Year, But Not Enough Yet

As of 2018 Rwanda’s chicken population stood at 7.6 million, a two-fold increase from 2010 when the number was 3.5 million.

The 7.6 million birds laid 132.7 million eggs in 2018, up from 80 million eggs in 2010,  an increase of 39.7%. 

Poultry meat production also saw an increase, growing by 220% from 13,718 tons in 2010 to 45,000 in 2018.

Of the 7.6 million chickens, 69% are local breeds while 31% are improved breeds raised in commercial poultry farms. 

Producing all the meat and eggs is a mix of big and small operations; 15 large commercial poultry farmers raising between 20,000 and 100,000 layers, and 108 medium sized ones with 5,000 – 20,000 layers.

Small commercial poultry farmers are the majority, with 222 farmers raising between 1,000 and 5, 000 layers.

According to Gerardine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, who was addressing a Poultry Africa 2019 conference at the official opening, Rwanda’s livestock master plan envisages an increase, compared to now, of 124% in chicken meat and 110% in egg production in next five years.

The chicken meat and egg roduction is expected to experience substantial increments of 124% and 110%, respectively to contribute significantly to fulfilling the national meat requirement and would increase per capita egg consumption.

Although the per capita egg consumption increases, a significant shortage continues to exist to meet the FAO recommended requirement, which is 4.5 kg per person.

According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), on average, a Rwandan ate about 13 eggs in 2016.

To attain national targets, the government says it will continue offering incentives to boost production, where agricultural inputs and unprocessed raw materials are imported duty free in addition to animal feed producers being exempted from paying Value Added Tax (VAT).

“I urge stakeholders in the poultry industry to take advantage of the favorable investment climate offered by the Country to invest in Rwanda,” she said.

Events like Poultry Africa 2019, a major international exhibition and conference event for Sub-Saharan Africa, that was officially launched today at the Kigali Convention Center, are one way to attract investor in the poultry production business.

It is the second time that Rwanda is hosting the event, following a successful hosting of the first Poultry Africa in October 2017.

At the Poultry Africa 2019 conference, discussions are held on current issues in the poultry industry, and there is also an exhibition featuring 128 companies from Europe, USA, Asia, and Africa, Rwanda inclusive.

The event is organized by VNU Exhibitions Europe with the key support of Rwanda’s Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda.

It consist of three parts: a highly professional Leadership Conference, the Expo, as well as Technical Best Practices Seminars in the poultry industry. 

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