Export Market Improvements to Boost Turkey's Poultry Industry Next Year

TURKEY - Turkish poultry production is expected to stagnate in 2016 because of export difficulties within the region and is expected to slightly increase in 2017, according to the latest report from the US Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
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In 2016, broiler production is expected to remain stable at 1.9 million metric tons (it was 1,909,276 metric tons in 2015) since poultry sector has been struggling with export problems to the main markets of Turkey, particularly Iraq.

However, broiler production is forecast to grow by 5 per cent in 2017 to nearly 2 million metric tons because of improving relationships with neighbouring countries, especially with Russia, assuming no additional avian influenza outbreaks occur.

Turkish poultry exports peaked in 2014 and declined in 2015 after the avian flu outbreaks in some regions of Turkey, FAS said, and exports were also affected by a decrease in global demand and reduced transportation caused by turmoil in neighbouring countries.

Turkey’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MinFAL) is attempting to open new and previously closed foreign markets, which should also benefit the industry.

Domestic consumption of broiler meat in 2016 and 2017 is projected to increase since consumers are preferring broilers instead of beef due the high beef prices.

In the feed markets, the report said that Turkey produced 20 million MT of compound feed in 2015 which included the use of 9 million MT imported feed raw material. Soybean is the main imported raw material. Turkey produced only 160 thousand MT soybeans in 2015 while 2.7 million MT soy and soybean meal were imported.

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