Government loans for small poultry farmers

Government loans for small poultry farmers are available in South Africa.

Where to buy

The department of Agriculture is willing to give government grants for small chicken houses – up to 3000 chickens. You will need a solid business plan and will probably need to be previously disadvantaged – which means if you are a black woman you will have the most chance of success. To borrow money for chicken farming you will need to approach your local government department of Agriculture. DTI, SEDA and IDC are the most common funders and lenders – but there are also banks out their that give agricultural loans for chicken farming.

loans for poultry farmingMany government grants and government loans are given to groups of black woman living in rural areas. The loan scheme falls under the “food security” program. If you do opt for such an agricultural loan, as a group, you will really need to have a committed group. Many of these food programs fail because there is no one person driving the poultry project. The money is not spent on the good of the chicken project for the chicken house, but is rather spent on satisfying every member of the chicken farm.

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Black rural woman, even if committed, often have difficulty in managing and running a poultry farm once the government loan has been given. The government, in all it’s wisdom, does not give training for chicken farming or poultry management. Running a poultry farm requires knowledge and experience – not just money. The group of chicken farmers will have deal with all aspects of poultry farming.

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Finding customers is one of the more difficult aspects facing rural poultry farmers. The first market to look at is the local market. They will buy live chickens or broilers – but one at a time. If you have a poultry house with 500 chickens they will all need to be sold at the same time, otherwise you will quickly spend all your profit on chicken food and poultry mash. Look for spaza shops and local butchers and shops that will be willing to buy you chickens. If you can find a supermarket chain who is willing to buy all your chickens in one go this is the best.

Goverment Grants from SEDA and DTI – Agricultural loans

Best chicken hosueOnce you have the government loan for your chicken house you will need to find a good supplier of poultry equipment and someone to build you a chicken house. This is fairly easy, there are a number of chicken house builders and chicken equipment suppliers in South Africa. Before you borrow money for chicken farming make sure you know what you are doing – a poultry course or chicken farming course is a good thing to study. You will also need a good poultry farming business plan – you cannot access grant money – or in fact any kind of loan without one. It will have to cover all the things you plan to do in your business – whether it is to sell live broilers or sell eggs – whether you plan to slaughter your own stock – how you will do it, when you will do it and most importantly how much it will cost you to do it. Once you have these figures you can work out your profit and loss, and your break even point. This is what will interest any potential funders, banks or grants and loans. Need help – creating an accurate forecast or cash flow statement can be quite difficult to newbies in the accounting field… but don’t worry – it is not so difficult – leave a comment and we can help with preparing a poultry business plan with all of the finacials you will need to access a government grant or a n Agricultural loan.

23 Responses to Government loans for small poultry farmers

  1. Joseph Mathabathe says:

    Hi, can you please help with preparing a poultry business plan for me, all finacials requirements and government grand if available.I have got land and I really need to some help

  2. Mbuiselwa says:

    I am a 35 years old South African citizen residing at Lichtenburg town, in the North West Province. I have started my own poultry business where by I am growing 100 000 chickens for Kroons Gurmet Chickens. I have 12 employees. My challenge is the feed for the chickens, can the government help me with the feed for at least three cycles? Until the business can be sustainable.

    Kind regards,


    • Hi, I thought that Kroons carried feed costs until the end of the cycle – if Kroons does not then look for another contractor who does – most contract growers get their feed, chicks and meds paid for during the cycle and then the poultry contractor deducts the costs from the sale price at the end. I very much doubt government, or even a bank will loan money for feed – it is not a hard asset that can be taken back and sold if you do not pay your loan.

  3. Good morning, I had started poultry Farming in small scale and it is doing very well. I would like to expand and develop people in same small scale with plan to increase the scale and production. says:

    Good day,I had started poultry farming in small scale and cage .I would like to expand and develop the community in my rural area with long term plan of expanding and increasing cages and production.

    I would like to know in order to reach the plan what or how can the government advice or help with guidance, including marketing in supply with big scale of production.

    • Sean says:

      We supply affordable modular chicken coop’s which are ideal for start up poultry farming. Being modular they are easily scalable as and when you require additional units. The modules are made out of compressed plastic, are light weight, easily assembled, come fitted with drinking and feeding trays, and have proved highly successful throughout Africa.
      Get hold of me for additional information.

  4. AUBREY says:

    I wanna know where shall i study poultry farming or chiken farming?

    • Sean says:

      Hi Aubrey
      We provide Agricultural training services. We have a range of courses and modules covering Farm Management, Animal Production and Crop Production. Each of these courses is divided into separate modules, and you as the student can choose to do either the full courses or separate modules as your time and or finances allow. Completed courses that are passed come with an accredited certificate for each module and or the entire course.
      Contact me for additional information. It is a simple and easy to follow process.

  5. Kogi Naicker says:

    Hi I would like to start up poultry farming in the Limpopo area to service our local village and communities as there is definitely the need for chickens. Please assist with further advice and how the necessary funding can become available.

  6. Thabo Tlali says:

    Good day We are looking for assistance/grant to can expand our operation where by now We have 4 houses which in total they can carry 5200 birds. We require to add house which can carry 5600 birds.
    contact: Thabo

  7. celiwe gugu nkosi says:

    Hi I have a vision n passionate In poultry farming so I want to start a chicken farming I have space to start it but I don’t have money so someone can help me where can I get fundings around mpumalanga please

  8. sello says:

    i want to open a poultry farm and i want funds for prmises and i have all certificate for company

  9. Lucas mudau says:

    Hi i need a funding on poultry farming but i’ve noway to start my business ( broeiler/egg production chicken) due to financial please help

  10. Eric says:

    how much one has get to start a proper chicken farm and what initiatives the government is having in place to reach those poor of the poorest in deep rural areas since they dont even know who the government is? please help.

  11. A.S.LEBAKENG says:

    May you please help with the info on how to get a land to do poultry farming and the price of one chicken I`am in the North West Province {Zeerust}

    Thank you

  12. Rampedi DS says:

    Can you please assist me with financial assistance for chicken farming.This will contribute to job creation. There is already land with borehole.

    • Poultry Farmer says:

      Hi, we do not give loans or financial help for chicken farming. You may want to think about approaching the South AFrican Government for a poultry loan. Which province are you in, and what kind of chicken farming are you planning to do?

  13. I need to start a paultry farm in my village to help the community. Please help with advise and possible funding.

  14. lodwick Mmabi says:

    need to start a paultry farm in my village to help the community. Please help with advise and possible funding.

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