July 15, 2024

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Rubavu: Eddy Farm hails the development of poultry value chain in Rwanda

Mr. Twizeyimana Edouard, the manager of Eddy Farm Ltd, a company engaged in raising egg-laying chickens in Rugerero Sector, Rubavu District, praised the progress that has been made in poultry farming in Rwanda because it is no longer necessary for the farmers to go to buy chicks abroad.

Eddy Farm introduced a local hatchery during the covid-19 pandemic after realizing that it was not easy for the farmers to import chicks.

“Before we used to understand that chicks should come from Belgium, Netherland and neighboring countries like Uganda and Kenya. Today, the fact that there is a hatchery for a resident to get chicks from here shows that the development of poultry sector is fast”, Twizeyimana said.

Today the company raises at least 3,500 chicken breeders and some cocks. It is capable of producing 15, 000 cheeks a month thanks to the technological support from PRISM-Enabel Project.

“The government of Rwanda has put effort into finding partners like the government of Belgium through Enabel, the Belgian development agency. Through NIRDA they have given us machinery worthy Rwf145,900 million that we could not easily afford which has accelerated our operations”, Twizeyimana noted.

“Our old machines were causing a serious loss. We participated in NIRDA’s open call for access to technology funding and our project was successful. Now the whole system we were given is composed of a generator, a room cooler, setters, a hatcher, a compact water chiller and egg candling machine,” he highlighted.

The Partnership for Resilient and Inclusive Small Stock Market project (PRISM-Enabel) in partnership with Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) started in July 2019 until June 2024.

It is a five years’ project having a total budget of Euro 15.5M to contribute to the reforms and transformation of the pork, poultry and animal feeds value chains by facilitating a private sector investment, market growth and competitiveness resilience to climate change and by strengthening the capacities of farmers across 10 districts in Rwanda.

Eddy Farm Ltd is among the private companies that were supported with the access to technology facility of a 50% co-financing matching grant to boost funding and investment in pig and poultry value chains.

Previously they had a capacity of producing 8,000 chicks per month. With the new machines they can produce between 8,000 and 12,000 a week.

Eddy Farm Ltd is market oriented. One-day-old chick is sold for Rwf850. The market demands exist both domestically and internationally, but they focus on the domestic market to satisfy it first.

The problem they face is that the price of animal feeds is high especially for chickens because it is similar to human food.

From October 4 to 6, 2022, Rwanda hosted Poultry Africa 2022, a conference and exhibition event about the poultry value chain.

Held at Kigali Convention Center, the event attracted more than 120 exhibiting companies from more than 20 countries and welcomes more than 2,000 visitors, decision makers, and buyers.

Rwanda’s poultry business owners were urged to take advantage of the presence of the captains of the industry and establish lasting business partnerships to improve their respective poultry operations.

Mr. Twizeyimana Edouard, the Manager of Eddy Farm Ltd
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