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One of the two Ethiopian companies exporting chicken has announced plans to increase the volume of meat it exports.
Abebaw Gesesse Poultry, based in Mojo, 75 km east of Addis, mainly exports to Djibouti. Under its plans, it is aiming to export nine tonnes of meat per month.
The company was set up six years ago with four million birr in capital, by a loan from Dashen Bank with the support of USAID. The company is financing its current expansion with a five million birr loan from the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE).
Abebaw Gesesse, the company’s founder and general manager, said it intended to increase its export volume to three tonnes per 10 days from a currently much smaller amount.
He said the company has the capacity to slaughter around 1,000 chickens per day and store the meat inside a cold storage facility that can accommodate meat from 25,000 chickens.
Abebaw Gesesse Poultry has the facilities to rear 28,000 chickens at a time. It has four chicken rearing houses, including its new facility on a 10,000 sq. metre plot of land on the outskirts of Mojo.
The company’s plan sets out its aim of exporting to other markets, apart from Djibouti. “We export half our total production to the region and the balance for the local market,” said Abebaw.
It also has contracts to supply meat to embassies, supermarkets, major hotels and restaurants throughout the country.
“We have accomplished 95 percent of the expansion and will start full operation within few weeks,” added Abebaw.
The company has its own refrigerated truck for export and transport for the local market, mainly to Addis Ababa. It has been leasing further trucks, which it plans to buy as part of the expansion.
It has a distribution centre on CMC Road and five months ago it opened a chicken restaurant around Kazanchis, behind Hilton Hotel. “We have also plans to expand the distribution centres in different parts of the country,” continued Abebaw.
60 companies produce poultry products in Ethiopia and only two – Abebaw Gessesse and Elfora – export meat, mainly to Djibouti.
Abebaw told Capital he believes government support in the form of loans and duty-free schemes will help in the growth of the industry.
This is a focus of government policy, which has pledged to encourage growth in the agro sector, including poultry.