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US and Brazil firms to develop poultry facility in Chad

A Brazilian poultry company and US-based animal feed firm have teamed up to develop a poultry production complex in Chad that both companies hope will aid agricultural development across sub-Saharan Africa

The project, which is located in N’Djamena and has been named “Project Koundoul”, was conceived during a meeting between Chad Prime Minister Emmanuel Nadingar and Novus International president and CEO Thad Simons at an agribusiness conference in Uganda in October 2010.

US-based Novus International has been joined on the project by Brazilian-based poultry breeder and production company Globoaves. Project Koundoul has been scheduled to begin in Q4 2012 and will take approximately 24 months to complete.

Novus Africa executive manager Bayella Thiam said, “Besides bringing poultry production to an industrial level in Africa, the idea is to build a complete poultry ecosystem from industrial to small scale, and from genetics to farm and to fork.

“We expect to bring this model to sub-Saharan countries that are looking to develop agribusiness, especially chicken and egg business.”

Novus Global Animal Nutrition Solutions president Dan Meagher added, “Novus is honoured to support a project that will benefit all Chadians. We look forward to its success and to replicate this model in other countries as a means to feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life.”