French Co-Op Focuses on Organic Poultry Market

FRANCE - Terres du Sud has announced plans to double its output of organic poultry.
calendar icon 21 August 2009
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Terres du Sud, the agricultural cooperative based in France's southwestern region of Aquitaine, has said it will increase its organic production of cereals and poultry, reports KAMcity.

The group said that, by 2012, it will triple the current area devoted to growing organic cereals and will double its poultry production.

The cooperative has signed a convention with the regional council of Aquitaine for the development of organic poultry farming. The cooperative will benefit from a €50,000 state subsidy for the project.

Terres du Sud currently uses 1,200 hectares to grow organic cereals and in 2008, organic cereals accounted for one per cent of its total output. Meanwhile, organic poultry production accounted for 470,000 birds out of a total 10 million. The cooperative produced 24 million organic eggs, equal to 45 per cent of the total production, and said it targets 45 million by 2012.

The cooperative covers 6,500 associated members and 1,121 employees, and reported revenues of €455 million last year, reports KAMcity.

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