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Poultry production rises in Uganda

Poultry production in Uganda rose by 3.2 per cent in 2012 despite the effect climate change has had on the countrys poultry sector

The increase in production levels has led to people in the country venturing into poultry farming, with the hope of creating a revenue stream, the Daily Monitor stated.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics 2013 recently revealed that the number of cattle in the country has been on the rise from 12.1mn in 2010 to 12.46mn in 2011 before rising to 12.84mn last year.

The report stated that increased poultry production is due to the prevention of animal diseases and improvement in livestock production systems as a result of routine livestock extension interventions.

Poultry production has increased from 42.7mn birds in 2010 to 44.3mn in 2011 and 45.9mn last year.

This rise is expected to save the country millions of dollars, which otherwise would have been used on the importation of chickens and eggs, mainly from Brazil and South Africa.

Egg production increased to 27,057 tonnes (807,634 eggs) compared to 26,269 tonnes (784,111 eggs) reported back in 2011.