Rwanda is to increase its chicken population from seven to 11 million over the next five years as part of a bid to improve nutrition, the government has said.
Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, the country’s agricultural minister, announced the addition of the four million chickens last week, AllAfrica.com reported.
It will mean Rwanda’s egg production will soar by 143% over the next few years.
Eggs – a cheap and effective source of protein and vitamins – could be key to helping improve Rwandans’ nutrition.
A report released earlier this year suggested an egg a day might help undernourished young children grow to a healthy height.
It is estimated Rwandans currently eat about 13 eggs a year, AllAfrica said.