Aviagen® celebrated the grand opening of its greenfield project, Aviagen East Africa Limited, on 2 September in Arusha, Tanzania. Aviagen East Africa Ltd is a joint venture company between Aviagen, African Poultry Development Limited (APDL)
and Country Bird Holdings Limited (CBH). Aviagen East Africa consists of new Grandparent (GP) farms and a Parent Stock (PS) hatchery.
The Aviagen executive team were joined by key customers and Ministry and Government officials for the event. The event was opened by District Administration Secretary Joseph Mabiti and the Chairman on the Board of Directors for Aviagen East Africa Kester Lyaruu gave a welcome speech to all attendees. Other speakers included: Aviagen CEO Jan Henriksen, District Commissioner Hon. Tom Apson and our guest of honour, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Hon. Mashimba Mashauri Ndaki.
During the event, attendees were also given a tour of the facilities, which was led by Tommy Taylor, Senior Operations Advisor, TMEA, who is supporting this project to ensure the operation will produce high quality broiler breeder chicks.
Aviagen currently supplies all major poultry producers in the East African region with PS from our UK and European supply bases. From December 2022, Aviagen East Africa will be fully operational and customers in the region will begin receiving Ross 308 PS from our new regional supply base.
“Aviagen’s vision is to provide communities with the most affordable, sustainable and high quality source of protein. The continent of Africa is continuously growing each year, and through our new regional production base, we are able to provide local employment opportunities for people who understand the local requirements and also speak the local language, but more
importantly, we can continue to feed the world. I would like to thank everyone who has assisted in making this project a success, especially the local communities and the Government, who have supported us from the beginning, and to the people
who are still working on the project. I look forward to witnessing the future development of the East African poultry industry,”
commented Tom Exley, President, Turkey, Middle East & Africa (TMEA).