Foul play in fowl industry

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The simmering controversy around the local poultry sector came to the boil this week when African competition watchdogs meeting in Morocco heard that Botswana has the highest chicken prices in the region. This is mainly as a result of cartels in the sector and government protection.

On Tuesday, heads of African competition authorities meeting in Marrakech, Morocco received a draft of a study across South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana into competition and trade issues within the poultry sector. The Botswana Competition Authority was heavily represented at the meeting, led by its director of competition and research analysis, Mokubung Mokubung.

According to the study, done under the auspices of the African Competition Forum (ACF), Botswana poultry industry prices – from production to retail, feed to broilers– are the highest of the studied countries and significantly so in certain aspects.

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