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Angola’s Revolutionary Aviary Set to Transform Egg Production and Meet Soaring Local Demand!

Angola, recognizing the growing demand for eggs and egg products in the local market, has taken a significant step towards increasing its egg production by establishing a new aviary. This private initiative, financed by the Angolan Investment Bank (BAI) under the Program to Support Production, Diversification of Exports and Substitution of Imports (PRODES), is set to produce an impressive 21,000 eggs per day.

The aviary, occupying an area of 100 hectares, will initially utilize 18 hectares in its first phase. It comprises four aisles, one dedicated to brooding and three for housing the 21,000 laying hens. The construction of the first phase, which commenced in June 2021, spanned two years and currently employs 35 workers, with plans to create 100 jobs by the end of the project.

Adriano Silva, the head of the aviary, shared insights about the upcoming expansion phases. He revealed that the aviary will introduce four more breeding units in the second phase, each with a capacity for 15,000 chickens. Additionally, plans include constructing a slaughterhouse capable of processing 1,500 chickens per day. The aviary has also installed incubators with the capacity to incubate 20,000 chicks. Furthermore, a cold storage room will be incorporated to preserve the slaughtered birds.

According to the National Association of Poultry Producers of Angola, the country currently produces 65-70 million eggs per month. The existing infrastructure in Angola is primarily focused on egg production, as it is deemed a more competitive product than chicken meat.

Poultry production in Angola is characterized by backyard flocks and a few commercial farms. In 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries reported that 3,702 family farmers owned a total of 39,018 birds, averaging to approximately 11 birds per household.

Driven by the appreciation of the Angolan currency, the kwanza, poultry production in Angola is projected to reach 42,000 metric tons in 2023, representing a 17% increase from 2022. To further stimulate production, the Angolan government launched the Production Support, Export Diversification, and Import Substitution Program (PRODESI) aimed at promoting economic diversification and reducing the country’s dependence on the oil sector.

Another initiative to boost production is the Credit Support Project (PAC), an instrument designed to facilitate the financing of private investment projects aligned with PRODESI’s objectives. Approved by the Council of Ministers on March 22, 2019, PAC serves as a vital component of PRODESI, supporting the development of productive lines of goods and services in Angola.

With the establishment of the new aviary and the government’s commitment to supporting production and diversification, Angola is on track to strengthen its egg production capabilities and meet the rising demand in the local market. This development will not only enhance food security but also contribute to the country’s economic growth and development.

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