It said imports, 61 percent of which came from Brazil, outnumbered the output of even the biggest South African producer.
“In the last six months SAPA has watched with distress as almost half of the small farmers we had regular contact with have gone out of business, due to the simple fact that their potential markets have been flooded by ever-increasing volumes of dumped chicken,” it said.
Last week, the South African National Consumer Union (SANCU) and the Emerging Black Importers and Exporters South Africa (EBieSA) said an application by SAPA to increase import tariffs on chicken might put consumers under further financial strain and impact food security for the poor.
They accused the poultry producers association of only wanting to to protect members’profits to the detriment of consumers and emerging black importers. They said chicken was the cheapest — and in many cases the sole — source of protein for consumers and any price increases would result in extreme hardships.