Where Can I Get Funding For Poultry Farming In South Africa

What is Poultry Farming?

Poultry farming is a form of animal husbandry that raises domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese to produce meat or eggs for food.

Poultry – mostly chickens – are farmed in great numbers. More than 60 billion chickens are killed for consumption annually.

Where Can I Get Funding For Poultry Farming In South Africa?

If you are interested in starting a poultry farm, you can approach the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) for assistance.

SAPA is a non-governmental organization comprising poultry industry players. The association helps farmers deal with poultry industry issues, such as skills and technology transfer.

How do farmers get funding in South Africa?

Applicants who want to farm may apply for an LRAD grant but have to contribute, either in cash or in labor, to a minimum of R5 000 – more if the grant is larger. Grants vary from a minimum of R20 000 to a maximum of R100 000.

How much does it cost to start a poultry business in South Africa?

On average, it could cost you between R20,000 to 50,000 to start your own chicken farm, depending on how big or small you’re starting. It costs between R38 to R40 to grow a day-old chick to a point of sale, and one box of 100 day-old chicks costs between R850 to R950.

How much money can you make from chicken farming in South Africa?

Check your pay. The majority of Poultry producers earn a salary between R3 523 and R16 557 per month in 2023.

A monthly wage for entry-level Poultry producers ranges from R3 523 to R9 544. After gaining 5 years of work experience, their income will be between R4 159 and R11 664 per month.

Do you need a permit to farm chickens in South Africa?

Johannesburg residents can have no more than 10 chickens in their backyard, as long as they are kept in a sound poultry house and are not a nuisance to neighbors. 

Cape Town residents are allowed to have five hens without a permit and will need a permit if they keep a rooster or more than five hens.