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Egyptian Institute of Animal Husbandry Creates New Breed of Poultry
Dr. El-Shafei, director of the Institute of Animal Husbandry, revealed the details of the production of a new Egyptian breed of poultry.
The Birth of Tanta 1
Al-Shafei stated in a Masrawi press release that the Institute of Animal Husbandry has created a new breed of Egyptian poultry named Tanta 1. This new breed was produced at the Gemmayzeh Station as part of a group of strains that belong to maternal grandparents. The new variety is a promising breed and cheaper than foreign counterparts, as it consumes less feed than other strains.
Efficient and Affordable
According to Al-Shafei, older breed birds consume 4 kg of feed per every kilogram of meat, whereas Tanta 1 strain consumes only 1.9 kg of feed per kilogram, which makes it even more efficient and cost-effective for breeders. Despite the fact that foreign breeds consume less feed, they require a powerful cooling and protection system that is very costly for breeders. However, the Tanta 1 strain does not require this setup, making it a more affordable option as it is familiar with high temperatures. The strain’s evaluation cycle is also shorter than imported breeds, taking only 50 days compared to 65 days, allowing for an increased number of sessions per year.
A Growing Industry
The poultry production in Egypt is a thriving industry with a volume of 4 million chickens produced per day, roughly equivalent to one billion four hundred million chickens and about thirteen billion eggs annually. The poultry industry is also a significant contributor to the economy, with investment in the industry reaching approximately 90 billion EGP and employing over 2.5 million workers, according to official figures from the Department of Agriculture and Land Reclamation
A Promising Future
The Minister of Agriculture, Al Quseir, expressed the need to distribute this strain to all of the 13 stations of the republic. It will take two years to distribute it, but the future looks bright for this new breed of Egyptian poultry as it is more efficient, cost-effective, and adaptable to the local climate.