The chickens have come home to roost over poultry prices
12 April 2022
Note to Editors: Please find attached soundbite by Dean Macpherson MP.
The DA will write to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) and lobby them to suspend tariffs on poultry so that hard hit consumers are able to put food on the table.
For a number of years, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, and especially Minister Ebrahim Patel, have fallen over themselves to satisfy big poultry producers in their quest to lock out affordable poultry to South Africans. This has been done through unjustifiable tariff increases on imported poultry under the mantra of protecting South African poultry producers.
The DA has for its part, continuously warned that this anti-competitive behaviour by big, JSE listed poultry producers, working in concert with the Minster and ITAC, would lead to astronomical price increases in poultry. The chickens have now finally come home to roost.