Expensive feed for free-range chickens worry farmers chicken
Written by Millennium on April 11, 2019
LINDA SOKO TEMBO writes
A LIVESTOCK farmer of Palabana farming area has appealed to government to help reduce prices of feed and chemicals for free range chickens (village chickens).
Mr Paul Mwanza said the business of rearing free range chickens was becoming expensive because of the cost of feed.
“As small-scale farmers we are having challenges to come up with standard prices for the same chickens,” said Mr Mwanza.
In an interview with the Sun, Mr Mwanza said they had a challenge selling free-range chickens because customers complained that prices were exorbitant.
“We have challenges in marketing free-range chickens because customers always complain that they are expensive when it is the cost of feed to blame,
“When we take our chickens to Tuesday Markets most of the time, our prices are very low and it’s difficult to come up with a standard price because feed again is very costly but yet still our customers complain about our prices,” said Mr Mwanza
He said there was need for government to come on board and help by coming up with one price so that they could be making profits in the sales of the chickens, and also help them find ideal markets for their birds.
“We are urging government to help us reducing the price of feed. its quiet high for us small-scale farmers and also the chemicals are very expensive making it difficult for us to make profits on these birds,” he said.