Al-Ahram Poultry will increase investment to 1.5b by 2014
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CAIRO: Al-Ahram Poultry Company aims to increase investments in the poultry sector to 1.5 billion EGP by the end of 2014, head of the marketing sector Alaa al-Qabbani told Amwal Al-Ghad Wednesday.

Qabbani said the company aims to establish two factories in Sadat City, one to produce about 45 tons of feeding daily that will be complete next month. The other factory is to produce frozen poultry, aiming to produce 20 tons daily and will be complete by the end of 2014.

Qabbani said the company aims to provide about 700 job opportunities through these two factories. He said that the company already owns a feeding factory in Haram and a factory on the Cairo-Alexandria desert road to support the poultry farm.

“The company will make discounts and offers on its products so consumers can test the products at the Home Tech supermarket fair,” he said at the fair that took place at the Cairo International Convention and Exhibition Center on Wednesday. The expo will run until June 28.

Member of the agricultural committee for poultry wealth in the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association Mohammed Al-Shafie said that Egypt’s total investment in the poultry sector totals 25 billion EGP, with more than 2 million families earning a living in poultry, Al-Ahram Digital news reported in April.

The poultry sector’s participation in the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) ups to 35 percent, he said and the poultry sector includes more than seven percent of Egyptian citizens.

Shafie unveiled that Egypt achieved self-efficiency in the poultry sector since 2006 and the bird flu viruses negatively impacted the sector by preventing poultry export.

To resume exportation, the Ministry of Agriculture is coordinating with the Word Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to include Egypt within the countries’ program free from bird Flu, an inside sources at the Ministry of Agriculture told Ahram News Gate.

To join the OIE’s program, the ministry is applying the rules of bio-safety and veterinary requirements at the poultry farms, the source added.

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