Ouakkaha has been exporting broiler chicks to Mauritania for some time but the new hatchery is the firm’s first such facility to be based inside its North African neighbour.
Located east of the capital Nouakchott, the facility is equipped with incubators and other aparatus provided by Société Cidape, distributor of Belgian hatchery equipment supplier Petersime.
A statement from the company said that the facility would have the capacity to produce around 135,000 chicks per week — enough to export to Mali as well as supplying the domestic market with locally produced birds.
Speaking about the decision to use Petersime equipment in the company’s latest project, Ouakkaha director El Hafid Ouakkaha said, “We are extremely satisfied with the Petersime machines we have in our hatcheries in Morocco.
“Because achieving the best quality is very important for us, we decided once more to use Petersime equipment for our newest hatchery in Mauritania.”
From its base in Morocco, the Ouakkaha Group supplies hatching eggs to a number of countries in West and North Africa including Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Mauritania, exporting more than 10mn in 2013.