SAPA rejects calls for suspension of tariffs on chicken imports. The price of maize and soya feed has increased by almost 20% since April 2021. This increase is mainly responsible for the increase of chicken products in-store. Other factors such as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which are unable to export maize and soya also contributes to increases in price as our prices are based on world market prices. Tariff prices play an insignificant role in the price of chicken products and in fact protect the local industry from predatory poultry dumping practices. This protects jobs within the poultry industry and provides low-cost chicken to the citizens of South Africa.
See the full SABC interview with Izaak Breitenbach the GM of SAPA below.