African poultry producers are reaping the benefits of using an energy-efficient material to maintain a favourable environment in the poultry house
Over the past year, six countries on the continent have started using Valéron AVA, which acts as a durable barrier in a hot climate and conserves heat in cold seasons.
"Producers are experiencing increased productivity, reduced brooding costs of around 25 per cent and in some cases the ability to increase stocking rates by more than 20 per cent," said Food Chain Innovation director Allan Meldrum.
The UK-based company had developed the cross-laminated coated multi-layer structure that secures brooding temperatures and reflects more than 96 per cent of all radiated energy.
"We now have repeat business from many of our clients. The latest sales are to Kenya, South Africa, DRC Congo, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana," Meldrum added.
Valéron AVA is a lining material with two highly reflective aluminium surfaces for optimising energy and also enables pressure cleaning.
According to Food Chain Innovation, the material is ideal for use in refurbished or new poultry buildings, allowing even spread of light and reducing energy consumption of interior lighting by up to 10 per cent.