Call to protect Saudi poultry industry

SAUDI ARABIA - Saudi poultry producers have sought the intervention of the government to stop foreign producers from flooding their products in the local market.

The Saudi Society for Poultry Producers has sent a plea to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry asking it to intervene to save the industry from impending collapse, a report in Gulf News said.

Abdullah Bakar Qadi, chairman of the society, in a letter called for protecting the poultry industry and producers from incurring huge losses. Domestic investments worth more than Dh30 billion ($8.17 billion) are at a risk if steps are not taken to control poultry imports, the report quoted him as saying.

The society groups major poultry producers and distributors in the kingdom. About 83 per cent of the local Saudi poultry production comes from the society members, Qadi added.

While noting that the flooding of local market with foreign poultry products started as early as 1990, Qadi said that the latest studies showed that this was done by foreign exporters with direct support from their respective governments.

Source: Trade Arabia
calendar icon 25 June 2006
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