Although Ethiopia has a vast resource for poultry production, the country is not getting the
required benefits from this sector due to poor productivity of local hens and cocks,
undeveloped production systems and high disease prevalence, among many other reasons. In
Ethiopia, traditional practices continue to dominate domestic poultry production; however,
there has been a shift to commercial production with an increase in small and medium-scale
producers to exploit the urban population demand in the past 20-25 years.
Chickens are the most popular poultry species used for meat and egg production in Ethiopia.
Chicken and chicken products provide a valuable source of protein and income for families.
The trends in the consumption of poultry products are a crucial indicator of opportunities for
Being the fastest growing economy in Africa and one of the top in the world in the last decade,
Ethiopia provides a vast market opportunity for the poultry sector development. With its
highest GDP growth in addition to being the 2nd largest population in Africa, the country is the
perfect playground and market for poultry production. In addition to this, the geographical
location of Ethiopia makes the country an ideal market.

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