|The Intensive Poultry Farming Industry in the Sahelian Zone (CDI, 1996, 56 p.)|
|2. SUB-SETS OF INTENSIVE POULTRY FARMING|
The production of egg trays, although important in terms of transporting and packing eggs, should not be seen exclusively in relation to intensive poultry farming. It should be pointed out that re-using egg trays, a very common procedure in Sahelian regions, must be banned, as it is a vector of certain contamination for poultry farms.
Local production of egg trays from recycled paper should make it possible to reduce the unit cost and encourage one-off use, which would be beneficial for all farms in terms of disease prevention.
The smallest egg tray production units produce 360 trays holding 30 eggs per hour, but there are some which produce 1,200 trays per hour. A 30-egg tray weighs about 60 g and requires 70 to 75 g of recycled paper and 150/200 g of water to manufacture. In Africa, drying can be done in the open air, thus avoiding the investment and running costs needed for an industrial dryer.
We think that the production of egg trays should be part of a project to manufacture special packaging such as fruit trays, seeding pots, platters for ready-to-roast chicken and meat in general, which can afford the quite considerable investment in the necessary equipment.