Ethiochicken is considered as one of the leading poultry producing company in East Africa in which the operative companies are AGP Poultry PlC (AGP), Mekelle Farms Ltd (MFL) and Andasa Poultry PLC. These are sister companies and jointly operate under the brand umbrella of Ethiochicken. The parent company, Agflow Poultry Limited owns entirely AGP Poultry and Andasa Poultry with 73.5% ownership of Mekelle Farms. The group focuses on producing and selling improved breeds of chickens to smallholder farmers in rural Ethiopia. Currently the group manages six poultry breeder farms and one feed mill production plant in four regions of Ethiopia and is expected to increase this number significantly in the next three years.
EthioChicken began operations in September 2010 in Northern Ethiopia. The Company took over a stumbling government poultry farm, and turned it around to create the leading day-old chick producer in Ethiopia. Our early success led the previous Prime Minister, H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, to recommend that we extend our model to Southern Ethiopia. In mid-2014, the Company acquired two new facilities. This initial expansion increased the Company’s capacity, enabling it to become one of the largest day-old chick producers in East Africa.
During its years of operations in Ethiopia, the Company focused on three key areas:
1. Understanding the rural customer and identifying the right product: dual-purpose chickens from France and layer chickens from The Netherlands, both sourced from global genetics leaders.