Super-chicken may turn tide of African poverty

A CHICKEN bred to thrive in resource-poor villages in India could soon play a major role in alleviating poverty in Africa.

A comparison study of the Kuroiler chicken versus native chickens in Uganda has found it represented a 133% increase in meat production, and a 462% increase in egg-laying capacity, the American Veterinary Medical Association conference was told.

“The success of the Kuroiler chicken in India, where it was first introduced, makes us hopeful for similar improvements in rural Africa,” said Professor Jagdev Sharma from Arizona State University. 

“Particularly in Uganda, where our initial results show the Kuroiler significantly outperforming native chickens.”