Performance differences of broiler production by large and small scale farms: a comparative study in Dar es Salaam

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University of Dar es Salaam
As it has been usual for Tanzania’s to invest in new booming business, the same practice has fallen to poultry business. People have been inquiring to those in poultry business how to run the poultry business efficiently. The overall objective of this study was to identify performance differences of broilers growing in large and small scale farms by efficiencies parameters. Specifically, the study looked at areas to identify causes of mortality and how to control the mortality rate in broiler growing, to examine the quantity as well as quality of feed used including resultant broilers weight gained after eating that feed, the Feed Conversation Ratio (FCR) and to assess whether or not broilers gain desired weight at the time of cropping after all management and supervision activities. Research design used was descriptive, involving both qualitative and quantitative approaches based on cross sectional study and surveys. The study found evidence that mortality, Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and broilers' general management affected farms where they were not well managed. Also the study supports other literature sources. Large farms were found with many resources but still they did not, on average, perform well as expected. On the other hand, small farms with little resources, on average, performed well. Low workers' motivation level and slow response in broilers problems let large farms down. Small farms were managed better than large farms due to close supervision and quick reactions on broilers issue. It was concluded that being large and full of resources alone were not enough to produce broilers efficiently. It was crucial to address other problems especially when faced with problems for a long time. It was imperative to give training to broilers workers, while the government has to abolish Value Added Tax (VAT) on broilers feed, which is not recovered to enable small farmers afford as well as good quality feed for better results.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF TX 556.P6S49)
Poultry, Broilers (poultry), Small business, Farm, small scale, Farm, large scale, Dar es Salaam
Seyvunde, H.K (2007) Performance differences of broiler production by large and small scale farms: a comparative study in Dar es Salaam.Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam