Chicken farmers in Rwanda are crying over the lack of market after DR Congo bans exports of chicken products from Rwandan market since news circulated that bird flu has attacked chicken in boerdering country Uganda.
some of the farmers who grow chicken in Bumbogo sector in Rulindo, Northern Province told Voice of America that they have recently lost a huge amount of money, only two months since DRC banned their exports.
One said, ” i already lost at least Rwf 5 million ” whereas another claims that “the price of an egg has drammatically gone down, form Rwf 75 down to Rwf 50, and we are now required to invest more in growing more chicken but find no income, and instead lost over Rwf 10 million”
it is now two months since DRC banned chicken cross border trade from Rwandan exporters due to fearing that the bird flu recently said in bordering Uganda could cost its people’s lives. However, Rwanda denies these claims, saying that the disease didn’t reach on Rwandan soil.
The farmers claim that th government should do something so that DRC can reopen the chicken market to cover the losses they are currently suffering, as their neighbors cannot even buy their eggs.
Protais Habiyaremye says, ” in our village [Kinini], our chicke can produce an estimated 33000 eggs per day where our neighbors can buy onl 50 eggs on an even lower price than the one we Congolese give us, because they have no interest in buying them at all. we do not have market for those eggs”
they add that they collected the eggs for sale but they are still struggling to find a local market for them. However, the Government of Rwanda promises them that there is hope that DRC market will be reopened soon for their chicken products.
Dr Christine Kanyandekwe, who is in Charge of livestock at Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB), says, ” What DR Congo did is bird flu prevention like we did since we heard of it, but we are discussing about it (reopening the market) and i am confident we wil reach an agreement soon so they can get the market for their chicken harvest”
she adds that discussions were held between both sides, and agreed that the borders are going to be reopend soon.
However, farmers claim that their problem cannot completely be solved unless their eggs, estimated at over 100 000 eggs, are all sold to avoid the loss from these eggs which are waiting for the client.