CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
OUR STRATEGIC APPROACH
Irvine’s Zimbabwe have been operating in Zimbabwe for over 62 years and have been heavily involved in developing rural poultry production in line with Government's policy of developing agriculture in the rural areas.
Day Old Chicks
Irvine’s Zimbabwe sells in excess of 400,000 day old chicks per week to small scale producers through approximately 125 one-stop shops covering the whole country. With these chicks, small-scale producers are producing 380,000 broilers (after mortality) per week with a total value of ZWL 9,500,000 per week or ZWL 494,000,000 per annum. This is a major contribution to the rural economy. As a group, these small-scale producers are by far the largest chicken producers in Zimbabwe, producing 75% of chicken consumed in the country.
We estimate that with an average purchase of 125 chicks and a placement interval of 8 weeks, the average producer will produce 6.5 flocks per year each of the 113 broilers valued at ZWL 18,500 per family per year.
A total of over 45,000 families are earning a living from chicks that Irvine’s supplies enabling them to enjoy a better standard of living, better nutrition and to be able to fund their daily sustainability needs.
Irvine’s has an extensive training programme for small-scale producers and trains approximately 20,000 people per year in modern poultry production. The effect of this is that small- scale producers use techniques taught by the Irvine’s technical teams and are achieving excellent results comparable with results being achieved elsewhere in the world.
Command Livestock Production
Irvine’s have been at the forefront of the Command Livestock Agricultural Programme through the provision of 12 poultry houses complete with equipment in each Province of the country. Each house has a capacity of 2,500 broilers. Irvine’s provided the first batch of chicks and necessary feed free of charge and the beneficiaries then sold these and used the proceeds to purchase the next flock. These facilities are also used to train producers in poultry production.
Annual income from this scheme is estimated at ZWL 60,000 per flock or ZWL 390,000 per annum, per site.
Irvine’s also introduced free broiler management trainings throughout the country to equip farmers with knowledge on total chicken management. As a support mechanism to the training and development, Irvine's commenced setting up demonstration chicken sites, the objective is to have one site in each province at central locations such as schools and Agricultural Colleges to facilitate this initiative. The pilot demonstration house was built at Glen View 1 High School in Harare and was handed over at a ceremony held on the 30th of April 2019 in Harare.
Training on Modern Poultry production
Irvine’s provide training to over 20 000 people per year on modern poultry production
Poultry Diseases Monitoring
Irvine’s Zimbabwe supports the Department of Veterinary Services in the prevention and monitoring of poultry disease in Zimbabwe. The company has built for own use and the Department's use a modern molecular biology unit, which is able to rapidly detect the presence of Avian Influenza. This is the only unit of its kind in the country and will assist the Department of Veterinary Services in monitoring Avian Influenza throughout the country.
Irvine's are also supplying the Veterinary Department with fertile hatching eggs free of charge to enable them to manufacture Newcastle vaccine for use in the rural areas.
Command Livestock Agricultural Programme
ZWL 390,000 Annual Income
This scheme is estimated at ZWL 60,000 per flock or ZWL 390,000 per annum, per site.
Irvine’s have provided accommodation to staff members and their families for the past 27 years. Lanark and Derbyshire villages have houses with 2 bedrooms each, a lounge, kitchen and shower. All houses have running water and electricity. The houses cater for approximately 2,500 people and have great amenities. These residential villages were built to assist staff members with affordable accommodation as well as convenience to get to work.
Lanark Village was officially opened in 1992 by the late Honourable S.V. Muzenda and the late Mr Clive Irvine. Today, the village has developed and boasts a recreational centre that was built to improve staff members' social lives as well as facilitate other recreational activities, a school and a clinic which is manned by qualified medical staff and adequately supplied with medical drugs.