Gaza to import chickens from Egypt to ease shortages
Ma'an News Agency
April 22, 2013
The Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza on Monday decided to import chickens from Egypt to ease shortages in the enclave.
The ministry will import between 10,000 and 20,000 chickens a day, the head of the ministry's marketing department Tahseen al-Saqqa told Ma'an.
Al-Saqqa said the shortages were critical, highlighting that chicken had not been imported from Egypt for 10 years.
A team of vets has visited Sinai and confirmed that the chickens are safe for consumption.
The ministry official said he hoped the imports would be short-term, and that breeders in Gaza would be able to meet local demand by May.
The shortage is a result of Israel's repeated closures of its border with Gaza, al-Saqqa said, explaining that around 3 million hatching eggs were usually imported from Israel, the West Bank and abroad every month, providing around 2 million chickens.
As a result of the closures, fewer eggs have been imported leading to price rises and a chicken shortage.
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