Earlier this month, Dr Danie Jordaan from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development spoke to Mike Wills on Cape Talk 567AM about the government’s decision to suspend the duties on chicken imports from five countries which should mean that chicken prices would decrease for consumers. The South African government halted tariffs on poultry from Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland and Spain for the next twelve months as part of measures to ease food inflation. Dr Jordaan argues that while the intention behind this decision is to support consumers, it is not without its complications. Imports may increase, but local poultry producers also need to be supported to ensure their businesses remain operational when the price of chicken decreases. The impact of this decision should be seen in the next few weeks.
Listen to what Dr Jordaan had to say on this topic here.