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Malaysia: Govt grants six-month approval for eggs import from India to only one company

Mar 02, 2023

The approval to import eggs from India was granted to only one company so far, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, in its bid to alleviate shortages in the domestic market

“The company was given permission to import eggs from India based on their track record in bringing eggs from India to Qatar to meet the needs of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

“With the company's ability to deliver eggs in a short time, the ministry has agreed to grant special import approval for a period of six months commencing December 2022,” the ministry told Dewan Rakyat in a written reply dated Tuesday (Feb 28).


Nonetheless, the ministry did not reveal the name of the company that was granted this import approval.

The ministry was responding to Datuk Wan Saifulruddin bin Wan Jan [Bersatu-Tasek Gelugor ], who asked for the export volume of chicken eggs and the total production volume by local companies from 2018 until the end of February 2023.

Wan Saiful also asked the government to state the reason to import eggs from India, which are more expensive and the egg size is smaller; the list of the AP holders for egg imports, the way they were chosen, and the duration that this AP is in effect.

As a short-term intervention measure to ensure sufficient supply of eggs in the country, the ministry said it has allowed the importation of Fresh White Shell Egg type from India, weighing between 50-55 grams, which can be graded as grade D in Malaysia or medium in India.

“The issue of lack of eggs supply in the local market occurs when there is a decrease in production detected from October to December 2022, where the production cannot cover the needs in the country.

“So far, only one company has been given permission based on the application and proposal received from the company,” it said.

The ministry also said Malaysians on average consume 11.6 billion eggs a year, which translates to 968 million eggs every month, while production between 2018-2022 ranges from 10.9 billion to 13.6 billion eggs.

“Therefore, this production record clearly shows that egg production is sufficient for domestic needs every year, and there is a surplus that allows Malaysia to export eggs abroad.

“Malaysia is the fifth largest egg exporting country in the world, where(in) Malaysia’s main export destinations are Singapore and Hong Kong,” the ministry said.

Source: The Edge Market

India's poultry feed demand to rise 9 per cent in 2014

Feb 21, 2014

India's rising appetite for poultry products will boost domestic demand for animal feeds corn and soymeal this year by about 9 per cent, traders said on Thursday.

The higher local feed demand could further reduce overseas sales that are already under pressure from cheaper grains from Latin America. India, however, is still the leading seller of corn and soymeal in Southeast Asian markets. Domestic demand for the two main feed grains are expected to rise by 9 per cent to 12 million tonnes as demand for products such as eggs and chickens rises in India, the world's fifth biggest producer of broilers.

Corn will make up most of the feed demand growth because supplies are ample and prices cheaper. Demand for soymeal may not rise as prices surged after late rains hit the soybean crop.

"Consumption of feeds, mainly corn is expected to increase because demand for poultry products are likely to rise by at least 6 per cent this year," said Sanjeev Chintawar, Business Manager, National Egg Coordination Committee.

Demand for corn could rise by at least 1 million tonnes to 9 million tonnes this year; demand for soymeal is seen almost flat at 3 million tonnes. In domestic markets, corn was quoted at 12,000-13,000 rupees ($193-$209) per tonne, much cheaper than soymeal at 34,500 rupees ($554) per tonne. Soymeal prices are up 18 per cent from a year earlier due to the poor harvest.

"We expect about one million tonnes per month demand for corn and soymeal over the next two months," said Ricky Thaper, an official of the Poultry Federation of India. He said the monthly demand for corn would be 750,000-800,000 tonnes, while demand for soymeal would be 200,000-250,00 tonnes.

Thaper said demand for poultry products is growing 7-8 per cent a year due to preference for cheap sources of animal protein in Asia's third largest economy. Poultry is the leading animal protein in India as beef and pork are discarded due to religious reasons despite lower prices. Fish and lamb are available but more highly priced.

India's per capita chicken meat consumption is 3.1 per kilogram against the global average of 10.5 kg. Traders expect the consumption to nearly triple to 9.1 kg by 2030.

Source: Economic Times

Taiwanese company to invest Rs 571 crore in Punjab

Feb 17, 2014

Taiwan-based company Charoen Pokphand will set up five modern units including feed mill in the field of poultry and pig farming with capital outlay of Rs 571.20 crore.

A memorandum in this regard was signed between Punjab government and the company here today, said an official release.

A spokesperson of state government said that a delegation of Charoen Pokphand (Thailand) Company led by its Vice-Chairman Chaiyaporn Montha called on Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at his residence this afternoon and apprised him company's decision to invest in Punjab.

As per plan, the company will set up a feed mill at a cost of Rs 120 crore, a hatchery at Rs 24 crore, a breeding farm at Rs 102 crore, a broiler farm at Rs 324 crore and a swine farm Rs 1.2 crore in the state, release quoting Montha said.

The CP Group intended to commence commercial production by the year 2014 and complete the proposed investment by the year 2018.

Badal assured the company that the government would extend full support and cooperation to the company for further setting up their operations in the state.

He also asked them to initiate some project in the field of fishery particularly in the waterlogged areas of Punjab.

Regarding the issue of importing animals for setting up of a swine processing unit in Punjab, Badal said that this issue was under the jurisdiction of the Union Government.

However, he offered that in this regard the state would write to the Centre in favour of the company whenever needed.

He said that SAD-BJP government was fully committed to boosting allied farming in the state to enhance the profitability to the farming community.

Source: Economic Times

400 firms to be part of Punjab agri meet

Feb 06, 2014

Over 400 companies across various sectors are likely to participate in the forthcoming agricultural event, Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit-2014. This is the first time in the history of Punjab that a mega agricultural summit is being organised by the state government. The event organised in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce will be held from February 16 to 19 in Mohali.

Director of PHD Chamber of Commerce Dalip Sharma said the forthcoming summit is being held with the objective of reaching out to farmers through stakeholders of technology. Companies such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Monsanto, Bayer Crop Science, ITC, BCS-Ferrari, Dabur India, Pepsico, Tata Chemicals, Syngenta, Godrej Agrovet have already confirmed their participation.

In addition to national companies, firms from Holland, Italy, Israel, Taiwan and South Africa will also participate in the summit. A mega state pavilion is to be created at Agri-Tech 14 that will offer opportunities to nodal agencies, corporations and government department to showcase their success stories through attractive displays. The state pavilion will also play host as many as 12 other states.

Further, the summit would introduce live demonstrations and exhibit cattle farm stalls over an area of about 100 acres.

The exposition will have four categories, namely AgriEx, LivestockEx, FoodEx, FarmEX. In AgriEx category, companies in the field of chemicals, bio-technology, implements, irrigation systems, fertilizers, pesticides seeds, etc. will showcase their products. While LivestockEx will showcase dairy management, poultry management, fishery management and livestock management. Technology related to processed and packaged food, packaging, ingredient research will be showcased in the FoodEx group and tractors, farm equipment, machinery storage and farm power will be displayed by the FarmEx group.

It is expected that world class agriculture equipment/machinery manufacturing companies would display their products in the exhibition to benefit the farmers and give impetus to the agro-based economy of the state and to elicit maximum participation of renowned agriculturists, agri-experts and progressive farmers from across the globe.


Plan for poultry sector on cards

Jan 02, 2014

The state government will soon prepare an action plan for growth of the poultry sector. On Saturday, fisheries and animal resources development secretary Bishnupada Sethi held a discussion with senior officials in this regard.

This followed chief secretary J K Mahapatra directing the fisheries and animal resources development department to chalk out a plan in step with a suggestion from the Centre, official sources said.

Earlier, the Union animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries ministry had told the state government it was going to unveil a National Livestock Mission (NLM) programme this fiscal and advised the latter to prepare an action plan for poultry sector, sources said.

Official sources said Union finance minister P Chidambaram, in his budget speech in February, had promised launching NLM in 2013-14 with an investment of Rs 307 crore. The mission would aim at supporting poultry, dairy farming and fisheries, which are critical for small farmers to maintain a steady income when crops fail.

In 2011, the state government had drawn up an ambitious plan to boost fisheries and animal resources development sector, including poultry. The department's Vision-020 document not only aims at achieving self-sufficiency in milk, egg and meat production, but also becoming a state surplus in livestock productivity by providing sustainable livelihood to the poor, sources added.

Source: timesofindia

India declares itself free from bird flu

Nov 13, 2013

India on Tuesday declared itself free from the highly contagious avian influenza or bird flu that may augur well for the country's poultry sector, promising boost to exports.

It will help traders to tap overseas markets for poultry products as the outbreak of bird flu in certain parts of the country three months ago had led many countries to impose ban on imports of such consumable items from India.

"India has declared itself free from notifiable Avian Influenza (H5N1), commonly called bird flu, and notified it to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)," said an official statement of the department of animal husbandry under the agriculture ministry.

It, however, emphasized that even though India was free from bird flu, regular surveillance to be continued throughout the country "especially in the vulnerable areas bordering infected countries and in areas visited by migratory birds".

Bird flu affects mainly the domestic poultry (chicken, duck etc). "Very occasionally, humans may also be infected with this virus when they come in close contact with infected poultry and their droppings," says the manual of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on H5N1 avian influenza.

It explains that the disease spreads from infected birds to other winged creatures through contact with nasal and respiratory secretions and also due to contamination of feed and water.

India had notified outbreak of bird flu at Poultry Production Unit, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry at Anjora in Durg and Government Poultry Farm at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh on August 5.

The Centre had subsequently alerted states and Union Territories to take all possible precautionary measures to contain the spread of avian influenza. The directive led to heavy loss to poultry farmers as government agencies had to destroy the birds in substantially high numbers to prevent an outbreak.

The measures are stamping out of entire poultry population including destruction of eggs, feed, litters and other infected materials in the radius of 1km around the outbreak location, restriction on movement of poultry, disinfection and cleaning up of infected premises and subsequently issuing of the Post Operation Surveillance Plan (POSP).

The POSP was issued by the government on August 12.

Source: Times of India

Omani team visits poultry farms in India for export certification

Oct 21, 2013

A team representing officials from the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR), the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, Muscat Municipality and the Public Authority for Consumer Protection is in India to check methods of slaughter and processing of poultry to give farms the certificate to export their products to the sultanate.

In a decision in May this year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries lifted the import ban on poultry and its products from India but with certain clauses which makes necessary for an Indian company to get its premises and husbandry procedures verified by Omani officials first.

The new measures were taken to avoid on and off ban on poultry imports from India, which lasted about 12 months in a 15-month period before May, due to recurrent outbreak of bird flu in the country.

With the new decision, all exporting units in India must follow World Organisation for Animal Health’s (OIE) concept of ‘zoning and compartmentalisation’ for purposes of disease control and international trade.

Also, the certificate to export to Oman is subject to field inspection by a technical team from the sultanate to ensure companies honour the conditions stipulated.

The visiting team is being led by Mohammed bin Reda, assistant director-general for health and inspection, MRMWR.

The team’s week-long programme includes visits to four poultry farms producing eggs in Bengaluru, as well as meeting with the relevant government agencies with regard to export of eggs.

The team will also visit slaughterhouses and poultry processing units to see that procedures are in line with Islamic slaughter.

Speaking to Muscat Daily from India, Dr P V Senthil, secretary of Livestock and Agri Farmers Trade Association, India, said that process laid down by Oman is proactive, and if it is adopted by other countries, it will be a win-win situation for all.

“A team from Oman visited Namakkal in Tamil Nadu, which is the largest egg producing and exporting region in the country, in July and inspected many poultry farms here.

“Since then, the export of eggs to Oman has touched 40-50 containers per month (472,320 eggs per container). The latest visit by Omani officials will open doors for many other production units,” he added.

Senthil added that exports from Namakkal saw a big drop last year because of Oman ban, but with new procedures in place it is slowly getting better.

“The domestic industry incurred huge losses and is still running under losses, but it is far better placed than last year with exports to Oman now open,” he said.

Source: Muscat Daily

230 poultry farms to be set up in Ariyalur district

Aug 07, 2012

The district administration has taken steps for setting up poultry farms in the wake of the Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s recent announcement.

In an official press release issued here on Saturday, Collector Anu George, said about 230 poultry farms would be set up in the district which fell under the Villupuram zone of poultry development scheme.


Explaining the advantages of this subsidy-based programme, the Collector said farmers, individual entrepreneurs and members of self-help groups were eligible for the scheme.

One of the members of the group should possess a piece of land for setting up the shed. Persons interested in expanding their existing farms could also benefit under the scheme, the release said.

The Collector said a five day training would be imparted to the selected applicants by the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University,.


High input costs may push up poultry feed prices

Jul 19, 2012

With prices of soyameal and other key feed ingredients rising, prices of poultry feed products may become dearer by the end of this week.

Lower supply and concern over crop output may push poultry feed products further up by at least Rs 100 for a 30-kg and 50-kg bag by the end of this week, said Mr Subhash Sharma, Financial Head, Sarvottam Poultry Feed Supply Centre. Soyameal prices have increased by Rs 1,100-1,150 a quintal over the last one month. On Wednesday, soyameal prices increased by Rs 400 and quoted at around Rs 4,300 . Similarly, maize prices went up by Rs 80 to Rs 1,350 a quintal.

Bajra increased by Rs 90 and settled at Rs 1,200 a quintal, DCP went up by Rs 5 and quoted at Rs 41 a kg, while fish oil sold at Rs 85 a litre, Rs 3 up from previous level.

After a price rise last week, prices of poultry feed products have been kept unchanged since then. Broiler concentrates feed quoted at Rs 1,830 for a 50-kg bag. Broiler Starter Mash sold at Rs 1,350 .

“Broiler Pre-Starter Concentrate 30 per cent” sold at Rs 1,540 for a 30-kg bag, while layer concentrate cost Rs 1,390 for a 50-kg bag. Pre-lay mash quoted at Rs 900 while broiler finisher sold at Rs 1,330 for a 50-kg bag.

Meanwhile, slack demand pulled egg, broiler and chick prices further down, on Wednesday. Broiler prices were at Rs 85-90 a kg (Rs 95). The price of an egg went down by 11 paise to Rs 2.54, while that of chick went down by Rs 7 toRs 15.


Andhra Pradesh Poultry Federation demands damaged wheat and paddy for poultry

Jul 16, 2012

Andhra Pradesh Poultry Federation has demanded the Centre to allocate two lakh tonnes which is damaged and unfit for human consumption wheat and paddy to the poultry industry at subsidised prices.

Due to higher prices of maize and soyameal, the cost of production of an egg has increased to Rs. 3.25 and that of broiler chicken to Rs. 90 a kg, federation's joint secretary N Nageswara Rao said in a release issued in Vijayawada.

In order to save 25,000 poultry farmers, the central government should take initiatives to supply damaged wheat and rice from its stocks at subsidised prices, Mr Rao said.

The poultry federation also requested the government to ban futures trading in soyameal and maize, in the interest of poultry farmers.

It also requested the government to consider the needs of the local markets before allowing export the soyameal.


Poultry Feed Products Prices Up

Jul 13, 2012

INDIA - Dearer soyameal and other ingredients have led to the prices of poultry feed products rising further.

Due to low rainfall this year, stockists have started to hold the stocks and that has driven prices up, said Mr Satpal Singh, Proprietor, Sarvottam Poultry Feed Supply Centre Pvt Ltd.

“If the monsoon fails to pick up even this week, prices of poultry feed products may increase further in the coming days,” he added.

Higher export of soyameal is also a big reason behind the rally in soyameal prices, said Mr Satpal.

According to The Hindu Business Line, soyameal has rallied and prices have increased by Rs 850 a quintal in the last three weeks. It may go up further, he said.

On Wednesday, 11 July, soyameal prices increased by Rs 100 and quoted at around Rs 3,900 a quintal. Similarly, maize prices went up by Rs 95 to Rs 1,270 a quintal.

Bajra increased by Rs 70 and settled at Rs 1,100 a quintal, DCP went up by Re 1 and quoted at Rs 36 a kg, while fish oil sold at Rs 82 a litre. Poultry feed products

Prices of poultry feed products went up by Rs 70 and Rs 200 for a 30-kg and a 50-kg bag respectively. Broiler concentrates feed went up by Rs 200 and quoted at Rs 1,830 for a 50-kg bag.

Broiler Starter Mash sold at Rs 1,350 for a 50-kg bag, up Rs 70 from its previous level.

‘Broiler Pre-Starter Concentrate 30 per cent’ increased by Rs 120 and sold at Rs 1,540 for a 30-kg bag, while layer concentrate went up by Rs 130 and cost Rs 1,390 for a 50-kg bag.

Pre-lay mash quoted at Rs 900, up Rs 70 from its previous level while broiler finisher went up by Rs 70 and sold at Rs 1,330 for a 50-kg bag.

Meanwhile, after touching a record high earlier this month, egg and broiler prices witnessed correction while chick went further up on Wednesday. Broiler quoted at Rs 95 a kg against Rs 125 last week.

The price of an egg went down by 65 paise and cost Rs 2.65, while chick went up by Rs 4 and sold at Rs 22. Buyers’ resistance is the prime reason behind the fall in the prices of broiler and egg, said Mr Satpal .


Global appetite for poultrymeat is growing

Jul 06, 2012

The world is fast acquiring a taste for eating chicken and this is going to offer huge opportunities for poultry producers in Europe and beyond. That was the optimistic scenario painted by Inma de la Vega, commercial director of poultry for McDonald's Europe, who outlined some current trends in the foodservice industry. She cited her own company as an example of how fashionable chicken has become. Back in 1955, when McDonald's was launched, only hamburgers and cheeseburgers were served and it was not until 1983, nearly three decades later, that chicken was finally added to the menu. "It was an instant success and we now see 5% growth in sales of chicken dishes compared with 3% for beef," Ms de la Vega told the World Poultry 2012 conference. "In fact, in the next 20 years we expect to sell more chicken than beef." There was a growing public perception, she said, that chicken was the healthier product as well as being more affordable than both beef and seafood. Turning to current and future food trends, she said that globalisation had increased consumers' exposure to foreign flavours and cuisine, with many formerly "exotic" products now part of the mainstream. And, with ever-more of McDonald's customers adopting busy lifestyles, the public was increasingly plumping for "on-the-go" options. She advised poultry industry representatives to focus very carefully on such trends in order to tap into the huge potential offered by booming chicken production and sales. EDUCATING THE CONSUMER The poultry industry has a "cracking" story to tell, but has been relatively ineffective in getting its message across to customers, according to Peter King of the 2 Sisters Food Group. "Let's be honest, we've not been great at telling our story. There is a lack of clear information in the shopper's mind about production," he told the conference. This was despite the fact that consumption of chicken had easily overtaken beef, and was rapidly closing in on pork for the top spot among European consumers. A survey carried out by 2 Sisters showed that families ate chicken at least two or three times a week, and that children ate at least one more portion than the rest of the family. Even so, he believed the industry needed to connect with the customer more effectively and provide confidence and reassurance in what it does. All too often, headlines such as "Man dies of bird flu in Far East Asia" gave a disproportionate impression of the public risk from poultrymeat, said Mr King. In order to tackle this disconnection, the poultry sector had to "sell the benefits of poultry, inform and educate". Celebrity chefs, he suggested, had fuelled consumer anxiety about food safety, once again reinforcing the need to engage more in open discussion. "We have a fantastic product that lots of consumers want, but producing a great product is not enough. Let's work together to reconnect the consumer with our modern farm-to-fork supply chain," he suggested. FACING THE THAI CHALLENGE European broiler producers and processors are expected to shrug off the return of Thai raw chicken exports to the EU market, following the removal of restrictions imposed after an outbreak of bird flu nine years ago. Dutch analyst Nan-Dirk Mulder of Rabobank, the leading Dutch-based food and agricultural bank, explained that the EU markets will reopen to Thai imports of raw chicken from 1 July, now that Thailand has successfully eradicated H5N1 avian influenza. The lifting of the curbs meant Thailand was set to use all its 92,000t quota of salted breast meat exports to the EU, which is the world's third-biggest broiler meat import market after Japan and Saudi Arabia. "This is going to be a big issue for the poultry industry and will mark a shift in global trends," he remarked. But European processors were expected to be protected from the impact by their focus on fresh chicken, while the biggest losers would be Argentina and, especially, Brazil. "The EU's fresh meat market will be relatively safe," said Mr Mulder. His overall advice to producers was to quickly adapt to the challenges posed by increased competition from emerging countries, a sentiment endorsed by James Sumner of the US Poultry and Egg Export Council, who believed India could soon overtake China as a dominant global poultry player. Mr Sumner predicted that trade issues, compounded by the emergence of possible new animal disease, would continue to dominate the industry in the coming years. "Let's remember," he told the meeting, "that while earlier consumer scares, such as avian flu, may have subsided, the incidence of HPAI infection is on the increase." FOOD SAFETY RECORD A senior EU Commission official told the conference that efforts to tackle EU-wide food poisoning have, so far, proved "very successful". Ladislav Miko, deputy director general of the commission's health directorate, said he was "very satisfied" with ongoing attempts to control salmonella and campylobacter - the most common form of food poisoning. This was partly the result of a Commission-led strategy launched in the wake of recent food scares such as avian influenza. "Our strategy has resulted in the number of human cases being reduced by more than 50%," he said. Cases had fallen from more than 200,000 in 2004 to less than 100,000 in 2010. Mr Miko said that, since the end of 2011, the two most important types of salmonella - Enteritidis and Typhimurium - were believed to be absent in fresh poultrymeat. But while biosecurity and hygiene measures had been successful in the control of salmonella, they had been less effective for campylobacter, he added. "Additional tools must be considered," he argued. He told the conference the commission had asked EU member states to carry out a survey of campylobacter in broilers. "Based on these findings, we are currently evaluating the economic and social impact of the suggested control measures," he said. On the subject of antibiotic resistance, Mr Miko said the industry itself could contribute to solving the problem, by putting pressure on poultry farms to minimise the use of antibiotics. "The purpose of our strategy is to reduce the use of antibiotics by increased awareness and prudent, justified use without jeopardizing animal health." INDUSTRY CHALLENGES Volatile feed markets and excessive red tape are among the many hurdles facing the industry, British Poultry Council chief executive Peter Bradnock told the conference. "Much of the world's poultry production depends on feed, particularly soya, imported from other regions and on access to markets," he told the audience. Market volatility was exacerbated by exchnage rate volatility, he added. The sector also needed to guard against local and narrow legislation that added costs and distorted competition in open markets. "We need to guard against the possibility of EU regulations threatening to hobble the genetic breeding programmes that have driven the success of our industry." There was evidence in Europe, and elsewhere, that the "high cost model" of government was unsustainable. "The high cost of legislation includes a high cost of enforcement, which governments can no longer afford." Mr Bradnock went on to say that the poultry industry needed to demonstrate that there were viable, industry-managed alternatives to prescriptive and costly official regulations. His key message to delegates was that the whole industry had to take a lead in tackling these and other issues. MARKET VOLATILITY Fluctuating feed costs may not be the only commodity risk facing poultry firms, but it forms by far and away the biggest threat to company profit, accounting for 60% of the cost of the finished product. And according to Jane Biss of Bernard Matthews Farms, such volatility is set to continue, and perhaps get even worse, in the foreseeable future. "Those of us who have been part of the meat/feed industry for a number of years will be able to remember back to the easier, less volatile market of six years or so ago," she said. "Prior to that, market prices moved within the season, but with a 10% movement being the norm. "But during the past six years we have seen market price movements beyond those we came to expect, with some seasons showing price movements for the main agricultural commodities of over 100%." Buying feed at the right time had always been an important factor, she argued, but this had become increasingly so as time had progressed.


Egg cools down on buyer resistance

Jul 06, 2012

After scaling to a record Rs 3.33 a piece last week, the egg price has cooled down. Faced with buyer resistance and to perk up poultry consumption, the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Namakkal zone, has slashed the price of an egg by 13 paise to Rs 3.20. The commodity hit a record Rs 3.33 on rise in demand following the onset of South-West monsoon. From May 26 to June 28, the wholesale price was raised 15 times from Rs 2.75 to Rs 3.33 (an overall increase of about 20 per cent). Industry sources attributed the price cut to buyer resistance. “We see a lag in the offtake owing to higher prices at retail level and we don't want to pile up these perishable products. Hence, we have trimmed prices to perk up consumption,” a source said. Mr P. Selvaraj, Zonal Chairman, NECC, Tamil Nadu, said that a host of factors such as rise in consumption, spiralling input costs, pricey vegetables, ban on fishing in the neighbouring Kerala & Karnataka (major markets for TN's poultry trade) pushed egg prices up. “Prices are likely to remain at the same level in the coming days to boost offtake,” he added. “Of our average production of 2.75 crore eggs, we used to send 30 lakh eggs to Kerala. It has almost doubled owing to a fishing ban in that State,” said a poultry-unit owner in Namakkal. On the export front, the industry is pinning hopes on neighbouring Bangladesh that has opened its gates to poultry imports to meet Ramadan demand. Exports plummeted to a 10-year low of 240.88 lakh eggs in May against 330.62 lakh eggs last May. Prices of layer birds have been trimmed to Rs 44/kg (Rs 48), while the Broiler Coordination Committee has slashed chicken prices to Rs 55/kg (Rs 60). Broiler prices touched a record Rs 76/kg a fortnight ago.


Demand may perk up egg, chicken further

Jun 29, 2012

The price of an egg increased to a new record of Rs 3.33 on rise in demand following the onset of South-West monsoon. The price is expected to go up further in the next few days, though marginally, according to the Chairman of NECC, Namakkal Zone, Mr P. Selvaraj. Sources in the poultry industry expect even chicken prices to rise further in coming days. “Of our average production of 2.75 crore eggs (in Namakkal), we used to send 30 lakh eggs to Kerala. Now, it has almost doubled owing to a ban on fishing in that State,” said a poultry-unit owner in Namakkal. Since last week, the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Namakkal zone, has hiked the price by 11 paise from Rs 3.22. Mr P. Selvaraj said that the increase in egg price was due to continued demand. From May 26 to June 28, the wholesale price of egg has been raised 15 times from Rs 2.75 to Rs 3.33 (an overall increase of 19 per cent). A host of factors such as rise in consumption, spiralling input costs, pricey vegetables, ban on fishing in the neighbouring Kerala and Karnataka have catapulted egg prices. Also soaring cost of soyameal – a key ingredient in poultry feed is also one of the reasons. Soyameal at Indore ruled at Rs 33,330-33,600 on Thursday against Rs 17,300 - 17,400 during the corresponding date a year ago. Feed costs account for two-thirds of production cost at a poultry unit. On the export front, the industry is pinning hopes on neighbouring Bangladesh that has opened its gates to imports to meet Ramadan demand. Exports hit a 10-year low of 240.88 lakh eggs in May this year against 330.62 lakh eggs in May 2011.However, prices of layer birds have been cut to Rs 48/kg (Rs 54), while the Broiler Coordination Committee has slashed chicken prices to Rs 60/kg from last week's record Rs 76. Industry sources said that the price of layer birds had come down as the production of broiler chicken – that dropped in the summer – had started picking up with the onset of the monsoon. This has led to drop in the prices as layer bird prices are based on the demand and price of broiler chicken.


USDA proposes update on poultry inspection system

Jan 27, 2012

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a long-awaited proposed rule that would modernize the poultry slaughter inspection system in the United States, the US National Chicken Council reports. The proposed rule will lead to a revamped inspection system that allows federal inspectors in young chicken and turkey processing plants to shift to prevention-oriented inspection systems and allows USDA to redeploy its resources in a manner that better protects the public from foodborne diseases. Under the rule, federal inspectors would be stationed at the end of the production line to verify every poultry carcass meets the federal regulations.     

Growth of poultry sector: 2012 & beyond

Jan 18, 2012

Though, today, the world over, increase in food prices is being blamed on rising prosperity in India and China and the resultant higher consumption of poultry and seafood, the poultry sector in India is not finding it that easy in terms of growth due to various infrastructure and market constraints. Nevertheless, growth in the sector has been steady over the years, ever since its humble beginnings in the implementation of the PL-480 programme of the US government to assist the Indian economy. Growth of the poultry processing sector in India, based on current plans of existing and new ventures would result in a net addition of 27,000 birds per hour (BPH) aggregate capacity till 2012 end. At that point consumption would be approximately 2.2 billion birds, and of that, processed poultry would constitute approximately 7.2%.     

Fear of buyers' resistance keeps egg static

Jan 06, 2012

After touching a record high last week, egg prices remained firm this week at Rs 3.20 a piece owing to fears that buyers may resist further hike. The cold wave in the North and intensification of Thane in the South had pushed up poultry prices. Mr P. Selvaraj, Zonal Chairman of the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Tamil Nadu, said the onset of cold wave in North India was the main reason for the price hike as the seasonal market attracted an average 25 lakh eggs a day of Namakkal's average daily production of 2.75 crore eggs. “Consumption of eggs usually goes up in the winter. Apart from that the Christmas and New Year holiday season has also boosted the consumption of poultry products. But now, owing to higher retail prices we see a consumer resistance and hence we have not raised the prices further,” he added.     

Indian poultry farmers assured govt. assistance

Jan 04, 2012

The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, India’s main poultry producing state, N Kiran Kumar Reddy has assured local poultry associations that the state government will extend all possible help, support and incentives to the poultry sector in the State. A delegation of the poultry sector led by president of the AP Poultry Federation, D Sudhakar and the president of AP Breeders Association, Rami Reddy, called on the Chief Minister at the Camp Office and sought incentives and assistance to the poultry sector.     

Hong Kong Keeps Ban on Some Poultry Imports Due to Avian Flu Tie

Jan 04, 2012

Poultry imports from the part of southern China where a man died from the H5N1 virus remain banned in Hong Kong after genetic tests linked the man’s strain of the disease the version found in wild birds in the city. The import of live, chilled and frozen poultry, and eggs, from within a 13-kilometer (8-mile) radius of the man’s home in Shenzhen were suspended for 21 days starting Jan. 1, according to a Centre for Food Safety statement posted on New Year’s Day. “It’s always the wild birds, then the poultry, then the humans,” Yuen Kwok-yung, chairman of infectious diseases at the University of Hong Kong’s department of microbiology, said in a phone interview yesterday. Events are following the typical sequence for a zoonosis, a disease that jumps to humans from animals, he said.     

Eggs on boil as weather turns cold

Dec 30, 2011

The cold wave in the North and intensification of cyclone Thane in the South have put poultry prices on the boil as egg consumption leaps up. The National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Namakkal zone, has hiked the price of egg to Rs 3.20 a piece from last week's Rs 3.13. Mr P. Selvaraj, Zonal Chairman of the NECC, Tamil Nadu, told Business Line that the prevailing cold wave in North India is the main reason for the price hike as the seasonal market attracted an average 25 lakh eggs a day of Namakkal's average daily production of 2.75 crore eggs. Consumption of eggs usually goes up in winter. Besides, Christmas and New Year holidays have also boosted the consumption of poultry products. But prices are still at their lowest in the South: at Rs 3.27 in Chennai, at Rs 3.20 in Bangalore, at Rs 3.20 in Mysore and at Rs 3.12 in Hyderabad; compared to Rs 3.39 in Mumbai, Rs 3.60 in Kolkata and Rs 3.40 in Delhi.     

Egg prices rise sharply, broiler prices stable

Dec 29, 2011

The fall in temperatures across the northern part of the country has coincided with the price of eggs moving higher over the last few weeks, while that of broiler chicken has held steady. According to the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), the price of eggs has risen sharply in the Delhi region and also in other cities such as Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore. According to trade data, the wholesale price of eggs in Delhi rose to the current R3.50 per piece from R2.90 a month ago. This has led to the retail price of eggs per dozen rising from R52 from R44. However, according to an official of the Poultry Federation of India, the wholesale price of live-weight broiler chicken in Delhi has declined to R54-55 a kg from R65 per kg a month ago. In most other cities, the price of broiler chicken is in the range of R45-55 per kg.     

India's broiler meat output up 10 pc: USDA report

Dec 27, 2011

Notwithstanding reports of four outbreaks of bird flu, India registered 10 per cent growth in boiler production this year to 2.9 million tonne, says a report. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has projected that the growth trend would continue in 2012, when production of broiler will reach 3.2 million tonne in India. The consumption of poultry and egg will continue to grow as well and is expected to double by 2015, the report said. Growth in broiler production was achieved despite reports of four incidents of outbreak of avian influenza, popularly known as bird flu in the Northeastern states, the report said. Besides West Bengal, Assam and Tripura reported the flu this year. The government had notified the flu to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), it said.     

The world needs more chicken and meat- happy days ahead for corn, soybean farmers

Dec 23, 2011

The world is witnessing a tremendous change in eating habits with rising disposable income and economic growth especially in developing nations making people taste more of meat and poultry. According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an expanded world population will be consuming two thirds more animal protein than it does today, bringing new strains to bear on the planet’s natural resources. Meat consumption is projected to rise 73% by 2050, dairy consumption will grow 58% over current levels.     

Cold wave heats up egg prices to record

Dec 23, 2011

Egg prices increased to a record Rs 3.13 a piece on Thursday as the severe cold wave gripping North India has pushed up consumption. The previous record price was Rs 3.02 registered in January. After keeping price flat for almost a fortnight, the National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Namakkal zone hiked the price of egg by 19 paise on Thursday from last week's Rs 2.94. Mr P. Selvaraj, Zonal Chairman of the NECC - Tamil Nadu, told Business Line that the cold wave in North India is the main reason for the price hike as the seasonal market attracted an average 25 lakh eggs a day of Namakkal's average daily production of 2.75 crore eggs. Consumption of eggs usually goes up in the winter.     

Livestock sector faces new challenges: Report

Dec 16, 2011

The growing global population has thrown up many a concern over what hold for different sectors in future and one of the major areas that has been engaging the attention of scientists, economists and policy-makers is food security. Come 2050, the consumption of animal protein in the world will be two-thirds more than today's volume. And the questions on raising the supply to meet the increasing demand have focused on the strains that it will cause to the natural resources of the planet.     

Global meat consumption to rise 73 percent by 2050: FAO

Dec 15, 2011

ROME – The rapidly growing world population will be consuming two-thirds more animal protein by 2050 than it does today, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) study titled World Livestock 2011, which was recently published. Fueling an ongoing trend toward greater per capita consumption of animal protein in developing countries are population and income growth the study relays. By 2050, meat consumption is projected to increase almost 73 percent; dairy consumption is predicted to grow 58 percent. A lot of the future demand for livestock production, particularly in the world's largest cities where population growth is occurring the most, will be satisfied by large-scale, intensive animal-rearing operations. "As it stands, there are no technically or economically viable alternatives to intensive production for providing the bulk of the livestock food supply for growing cities," FAO's report states. Such systems, however, are a concern because of potential environmental impacts, such as groundwater pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as their potential to act as incubators of diseases, the study warns. “An urgent challenge is to make intensive production more environmentally benign," the study states. There are three ways to accomplish this, FAO relays: reduce the pollution level generated from waste and greenhouse gases; cut the water and grain input needed for each output of livestock protein; and recycle agro-industrial by-products through livestock populations. "It is hard to envisage meeting projected demand by keeping twice as many poultry, 80 percent more small ruminants, 50 percent more cattle and 40 percent more pigs, using the same level of natural resources as currently," World Livestock 2011 pointed out. Production increases must come from improving livestock systems efficiencies in converting natural resources into food and reducing waste. Handling these increases will require capital investment and a supporting policy and regulatory environment. Other challenges must be confronted, including drought, water shortages and other climate-related impacts – as well as the threat of animal diseases, some which may directly threaten human health – all of which must be carefully managed as livestock production increases. Intensive systems, and those that encroach upon forest environments or peri-urban areas without proper hygiene, are a fertile ground for new diseases — and many of them are managed in ways that are detrimental to animal health and welfare, according to the study. Global production of poultry meat increased by approximately 700 percent since 1967,. Other products saw surges in production as well, including eggs, which registered a 350 percent increase, pig meat, 290 percent; sheep and goat meat, 200 percent; beef and buffalo meat, 180 percent; and milk, 180 percent. Currently, livestock products supply 12.9 percent of calories consumed worldwide — 20.3 percent in developed countries. Their contribution to protein consumption is estimated at 27.9 percent worldwide and 47.8 percent in developed countries. Production has expanded rapidly in East and Southeast Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean, but growth in sub-Saharan Africa has been slow. The average consumption of livestock protein in Africa is less than one-quarter of that in the Americas, Europe and Oceania, and represents just 17 percent of the recommended consumption level for all proteins, FAO's study stated. "By contrast, the consumption of livestock protein in the Americas, Europe and Oceania in 2005 was between 78 and 98 percent of the total protein requirement, suggesting that livestock products are being over-consumed," it added. Livestock and livestock products in the developing world, however, can make a major contribution to household economic and food security plus nutrition. Even small amounts of animal protein can improve the nutritional status of low-income households.     

US consults WTO on Indian poultry access

Dec 13, 2011

US poultry organisations have encouraged US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to begin consultations with the government of India in the World Trade Organization (WTO) for India’s longstanding prohibition on the import of US poultry. Despite being one of the 23 founding countries of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT, which became the WTO) in 1947, India has done as little as any nation to open its border to trade or to abide by multilateral trade rules, the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) and the National Chicken Council (NCC) said in a statement.     

Egg prices soar, broiler demand muted

Dec 12, 2011

The onset of winter has ramped up the prices of eggs in the country even as that of broilers soften. The poultry industry, which anticipated demand to rise with the drop in temperatures, has been a bit disappointed as the late advent of winter has dulled the demand of broiler meet. According to Poultry Federation of India (PFI) data, the wholesale price of live-weight broiler in Delhi has declined to R54-55 a kg from R65 a kg a month back. In most of the other key cities, the broiler price is in the range of R45-55 per kg.     

Poultry products rise a tad

Dec 09, 2011

Prices of poultry products that were on a downswing owing to seasonal uncertainties are inching up slowly. The National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Namakkal zone, which during the middle of the week had trimmed the price to Rs 2.84 a piece (Rs 2.89), on Thursday increased the price to Rs 2.87. Egg, that witnessed an increase at the start of November on the onset of winter, stayed flat at Rs 2.94 last month because of fears of buyers' resistance and slack offtake.NECC's rates of layer birds (for birds of 1.3 kg), too, are up a tad at Rs 44 a kg (Rs 43). Meanwhile, the price of broiler chicken is on the slide and has been trimmed to Rs 40 a kg from last week's Rs 43. Namakkal and Palladam prices are the benchmarks for eggs and chicken in the country.     

Scrambling to meet demand

Dec 07, 2011

Venkateshwara Hatcheries, the leading poultry firm based out of Pune, has opened two Venky's Xpress joints that sell only ready-to-eat egg and chicken products — India's answer to KFCs and McDonalds. It has announced huge investments to set up a chain of 100 such outlets across the country in the next few months. It tied up with a UK-based firm to advice on the product and how to enhance it. The company has roped in Bollywood star Sanjay Dutta to promote the Xpress range of products. This signals graduation of Indian poultry industry into a newer orbit, getting more value to the farmers. It also marks the arrival of Indian poultry industry on to the lucrative ready-to-eat food format. Putting behind turbulent times 3-4 years ago, poultry industry has fared last two years. Backed by rising consumption, changing food habits and increasing incomes, the industry is registering a steady growth. The increase in prices, however, has made no significant improvement in farm-gate incomes.     

Slack offtake cools poultry products

Dec 02, 2011

Prices of poultry products dipped this week because of seasonal uncertainties and slack offtake after remaining flat for almost two weeks. The National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Namakkal zone, has trimmed the egg price to Rs 2.89 a piece to perk up consumption. Egg, that witnessed an increase in demand at the start of this month on the onset of winter, stayed flat at Rs 2.94 a piece due to fears of buyer resistance.     

Fast growing Indian chicken introduced in Uganda

Dec 01, 2011

A chicken breed with indigenous traits which grows faster and lays more eggs than the local chicken has been introduced in Uganda. The Kuroiler breed from Kegg Farms in India is on trial here. “On July 12, 2010, the first Kuroiler chicks were hatched in Entebbe. On the same day, indigenous chicken were hatched,” says Dr. Daniel Ssemambo, the executive director of National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC & DB). NAGRC & DB is an organisation, under the agriculture ministry, that supports the implementation of the national breeding policy.     

Slack demand keeps poultry products flat

Nov 25, 2011

Prices of poultry products remained almost flat this week owing to seasonal uncertainties and slack offtake. The egg price, after increasing at the start of this month on the onset of winter, stayed flat at Rs 2.94 a piece due to fears of buyers' resistance and to perk up consumption. Broiler chicken is on a sliding spree and its price has been trimmed to Rs 46 a kg from last week's Rs 48 on account of the Sabarimala season. Industry sources said broiler prices are likely to be pruned in the coming days because of the Sabarimala season in the South, a major consumer.     

Poultry sector wants Centre to support R&D efforts

Nov 24, 2011

The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Mr Charan Das Mahant, has urged representatives of the poultry sector to put forth their suggestions in the next couple of months to be incorporated in the 12 {+t} {+h} Five-Year Plan. Inaugurating Poultry India 2011 today, the Minister said poultry continued to be one of the most resilient fast-growing sector among agriculture and allied sectors in the country. Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu accounted for 70 per cent of egg production in the country. The meet saw representatives of the sector seeking research and development support and an enabling policy network from the Centre. The sector has an estimated turnover of Rs 55,000 crore.     

Winters warms poultry prices

Nov 22, 2011

As mercury drops, poultry prices rise. Egg prices have started climbing with the onset of winter in North India while chicken, temporarily depressed by cheaper feed costs, is expected to follow suit soon. According to National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), eggs in Delhi now cost R3.12 apiece against R2.90 paise just a month back. At this rate, eggs in the Capital cost R48-52 a dozen from R38-40 a dozen a month back.     

Broiler chicken falls ahead of Sabarimala season

Nov 18, 2011

The price of broiler chicken has been cut to Rs 48 a kg from last week's Rs 60 on account of slack offtake and the approaching Sabarimala season, when demand drops. Industry sources said the broiler price is likely to be pruned in the coming days because of the Sabarimala season in the South, a major consumer. Earlier this March, the broiler price peaked to Rs 75 a kg.     

Tons of putrid chicken legs from India found in northern Vietnam

Nov 18, 2011

Vietnam's agriculture ministry has ordered agencies to strictly handle 108 tons of decomposed chicken legs that were exported from India into the northern city of Hai Phong, Dat Viet reported on Thursday. According to the newspaper, the ministry’s Department of Animal Health on November 9 found two batches of chicken legs, imported by Quang Ninh Seafood Processing Co. Ltd., to be processed in Vietnam before being exported to China. However, an unnamed source from the Animal Health Agency Area II said in Dat Viet that the batches were already taken out of Hai Phong Port before November 14 without its approval.     

Egg seen higher on lower output

Nov 04, 2011

Egg ruled flat this week at Rs 2.88 a piece, after rising by six paise over last week's rate. Egg is slowly inching up to touch a record with the onset of North-East monsoon. With the onset of winter and torrential rains lashing Tamil Nadu and Kerala, egg consumption is set to rise gradually. Cut in production has sent the egg price moving up across the country. Egg touched Rs 2.90 a piece during the same period last year. Meanwhile, Palladam-based Broiler Co-ordination Committee has slashed the rate for cull birds to Rs 63 a kg from Rs 67. the National Egg Coordination Committee's (NECC) layer rate (for birds of 1.3 kg), too, is down at Rs 41 a kg (Rs 44). Namakkal and Palladam prices are the benchmarks for eggs and chicken in the country.     

Egg boils on rising demand

Oct 21, 2011

The National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC), Namakkal zone, has raised the egg price by 12 paise to Rs 2.66 a piece this week. The increase in price is due to rising demand and resumption of truck movement to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, a major consumer of Tamil Nadu's poultry products. Last week, NECC had trimmed the price after the Telangana stir hit movement of trucks to the state.     

Indian poultry sector set to boom, says report

Oct 18, 2011

A surging demand for chicken, meat and eggs is putting the Indian poultry sector on the path to being a US$27.2bn industry by 2015, finds a new report. The reports Trends in Domestic Poultry segment was compiled by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India(ASSOCHAM) . It is found that the market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 20% from its current market size of US$10.1bn, opening up the sector for multinational companies in areas like breeding, medication, feedstock, vertical integration and processing.     

Poultry industry to cross Rs 1.32 lakh cr by '15: Study

Oct 14, 2011

With demand surging for broiler meat and eggs, India's poultry sales are likely to be over Rs 1.32 lakh crore by 2015, industry body Assocham said on Thursday. Growing around 20 per cent annually, the domestic poultry market is estimated to be about Rs 49,000 crore, said the study, 'Trends In Domestic Poultry Segment'. "Driven by rising purchasing power, changing food habits, contract poultry farming and rapid urbanisation are certain key reasons for this constant upswing in this niche poultry sector," said Assocham secretary general D S Rawat while releasing the study.     

Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan poultry imports from Russia and Kazakhstan

Oct 10, 2011

At a recent meeting of the government of Kyrgyzstan, Minister of Agriculture Torogul Bekov suggested to enter a customs tariff of 30% on imports of poultry meat and eggs from Russia and Kazakhstan. These countries together currently have a share of about 75% out of total import supplies volume in Kyrgyzstan. Justifying the need for such measure, the Minister said: "In 2010 Kyrgyzstan imported poultry products from Russia and Kazakhstan with a total value of $60 million, with about $3 million being spent on the purchasing of chicken eggs, which our farmers already produced a lot by themselves."     

Swaziland - Cutting poultry imports

Oct 04, 2011

Even though the country is struggling to produce enough in the agricultural sector, which has resulted in the importation of most consumables including vegetables, it is self-sufficient in terms of broilers and eggs, reports Swazi Observer. Minister of Agriculture, Clement Dlamini, explained that the country stopped imports of eggs and chickens because it was producing enough. He said: "We no longer import broilers and eggs because we produce enough to satisfy the domestic market."     

Import to meet shortage: Malaysia

Sep 28, 2011

The government may be forced to allow the import of chicken into the state if local chicken breeders do not increase their production to meet the current shortfall in demand, says Assistant Minister of Agriculture Datuk Mong Dagang. At present the state bans the import of dressed chicken and chicken parts to protect the local chicken farming industry. Mong said the decision to import chicken would be the option to stabilise the price in the local market. “Import of chicken would be an option if the local chicken breeders refuse to increase their production,” Mong told The Borneo Post here yesterday.     

Indonesia rejects egg imports from Malaysia

Sep 22, 2011

The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture has recently rejected the proposal proposed by the chamber of commerce of Riau islands province to import eggs from Malaysia. One of the government’s considerations, based on the regulation number 18/2009 about livestock and animal health, is that animal derived food import is allowed if local production and supply can’t meet the demand. Until now the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture just allows the importing of egg processed products such as egg powder, white egg powder and egg pulp which are not available in Indonesia. In that case, the government said that local production and with additional supply from North Sumatera could meet Riau islands province’s demand for eggs. The local demand is around 42.5 tonnes per day, while the local supply is around 7.5 tonnes per day and the shortage can be supplied from North Sumatera.     

Azerbaijan may ban poultry import from Iran

Sep 22, 2011

It will be forbidden for Azerbaijani businessmen to import poultry and poultry products from Iran if Azerbaijan, as a neighboring country, gets official information on revealing "bird flu" in the Iranian province of Mazandaran, or if Iran informs the International Office of Epizootics about the virus, spokesman for the State Veterinary Service under the Ministry of Agriculture Yolchu Hanveli told Trend. He said that Azerbaijan has not received an official document on revealing "bird flu" in the Iranian province of Mazandaran.     

U.S. Files Trade Complaint at WTO Over Chinese Duties on Poultry Products

Sep 21, 2011

The U.S. filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over what it called unfair trade practices by China that have slashed U.S. poultry exports. The complaint today to the Geneva-based WTO targets Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties on American poultry products. A request for consultations is the first step in the case, and the U.S. and China must now hold talks for at least two months in a bid to resolve the dispute. China put in place a duty of as much as 105.4 percent last year on U.S. broiler-chicken products. About 300,000 workers and farmers have been hurt by China’s actions, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said at a Washington news conference.     

Kyrgyzstan restricts poultry imports from Russia and Kazakhstan

Sep 12, 2011

At a recent meeting of the government of Kyrgyzstan, Minister of Agriculture Torogul Bekov suggested to enter a customs tariff of 30% on imports of poultry meat and eggs from Russia and Kazakhstan. These countries together currently have a share of about 75% out of total import supplies volume in Kyrgyzstan. Justifying the need for such measure, the Minister said: "In 2010 Kyrgyzstan imported poultry products from Russia and Kazakhstan with a total value of $60 million, with about $3 million being spent on the purchasing of chicken eggs, which our farmers already produced a lot by themselves."     

Wholesale Egg, Poultry Product Prices Rule Flat

Sep 09, 2011

Poultry producers are a worried lot as wholesale egg prices continue to rule flat on seasonal uncertainties. Prices of poultry products ruled almost flat in Namakkal — the hub of poultry trade — owing to decline in consumption on account of the festival season. The Namakkal-based National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) fixed egg prices at last week's level of Rs 2.35 a piece. It has also chosen to retain last week's level of Rs 40 a kg for layer birds. The Palladam-based Broiler Coordination Committee too has retained last week's Rs 62 a kg.     

Prices of meat, eggs, dairy products and coffee to increase in the fall in Latvia

Sep 01, 2011

Taking into account the growth of raw material prices on global markets, it is likely that prices of meat, eggs, dairy products and coffee will increase this fall; only the prices of cacao, rice and sugar will not increase, as Agricultural Market Promotion Center's head Inguna Gulbe said. The price of oil on global markets has increased by 20%, the price of grain, coffee, butter and cheese – by 10%, meat and milk powder – by 5%, therefore the local market will respond accordingly. Only the prices of cacao and rice have not increased, while the price of sugar has even decreased by 10%. Therefore these products will become cheaper in Latvia as well, pointed out Gulbe.     

New regulations on poultry import from Asia

Aug 16, 2011

The Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) has set out conditions for importing live birds and their meat products from the countries of Asia in a statement sent out on Monday. According to it, the ministry bans the import of poultry products without an authorised certificate issued by the authority from the country of origin.     

India extends import ban on eggs, livestock products

Aug 12, 2011

The Indian government has refused to lift a ban on the import of eggs and livestock products from countries that reported Avian flu cases in the bird flu crisis of 2004. The ban relates to countries affected during the bird flu crisis of 2004. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture of India, the ban on such products will continue for an unspecified period. The ban was first implemented in 2004 and has been extended every six months since then.     

USDA Proposes Livestock Tracking System

Aug 10, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed a new, mandatory system Tuesday for tracking cattle, poultry and other farm animals to pinpoint the origin of diseases that can spread through herds and halt exports. Ranchers and farmers under the rules would be required to affix a unique identification number to animals transferred between states or tribal areas. The tracking system would allow federal officials to more quickly find the source of an outbreak and isolate the diseased animals, reducing the economic and public-health impacts, the USDA said.     

Russia - Ban imposed on all Cargill products contrary to all WTO rules

Aug 08, 2011

The Russian veterinary authorities have banned the import of poultry produced by US Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation following the spread of a salmonella outbreak. "The import of poultry meat and poultry products produced by Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation at the Springdale plant Arkansas has been suspended," the Russian Federal Consumer Rights Protection Service said in a statement.     

Ghana moves to limit poultry imports

Aug 05, 2011

The negative impact of imported poultry products on Ghana’s producers has pushed the government to set up a fund to help improve local production. Government is also working on tariff and non-tariff measures to restrict the importation of poultry products, deputy Agriculture minister in charge of livestock Tia Alfred Sugri has said. Sugri said discussions were underway on how best to implement the new measures.To ensure access to affordable credit, the government will expand coverage of the country’s Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF) to cater for the needs of farmers, the deputy minister said.     

Chicken sold at record high price :Pakistan

Aug 01, 2011

Chicken meat was sold at record high price in the Punjab capital on Friday, as one kilogram chicken was available for Rs 210 to Rs 218. They said that an abnormal raise in chicken prices is stated to be due to short supply and high demand in the city. Market sources say over 50 per cent poultry products are being smuggled to Afghanistan, Iran and some other neighbouring countries for high profit. They predicted more increase in chicken prices during Ramazan.     

Indian state supports small-scale poultry farmers

Jul 29, 2011

The state government in Goa, India is introducing a new scheme to support small scale poultry farming, where cash and free equipment will be provided to farmers as benefits. Under the scheme, a beneficiary that rears a minimum of 100 birds will be entitled to a cash subsidy and a cage unit to accommodate 100 adult birds. The aim of the scheme is to enable farmers to get fresh chicken/eggs at any time and to provide the choice of rearing broilers and layers. By adopting poultry farming, farmers can get supplementary income and a nutritive diet without engaging additional labour.     

International Poultry Meetings in 2012

Jul 29, 2011

The Egyptian Poultry Science Association (EPSA) and World Poultry Science Association (WPSA)- Egypt branch are inviting poultry scientists to Egypt for the 3rd Mediterranean Poultry Summit of WPSA (3rd MPS) and the 6th International Poultry Conference (6th IPC), the biggest scientific event concerning poultry science and industry in the Middle East and North Africa. The event will be held in Alexandria on the north coast of Egypt on 26 to 29 March 2012.     

USDA Proposes New Rule for Labeling of Solution-Added Meat and Poultry

Jul 28, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a new rule to establish common, easy-to-understand names for raw meat and poultry products that include injections, marinades, or have otherwise incorporated added solutions which may not be visible to the consumer. FSIS has determined that some labels do not clearly identify if a solution has been added to a raw product to enhance flavor or texture. "It has become evident that some raw meat and poultry labels, even those that follow our current guidelines, may not be clear," said Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen.     

New rule could see country of origin labelling on all meat products

Jul 27, 2011

A new proposal in Australia and New Zealand could see country of origin labelling extended to unpackaged meat products. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) called for submissions on the proposal, published on its website, to have country of origin labelling extended to unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken meat. In Australia and New Zealand, all packaged foods currently require country of origin labelling. However, some unpackaged foods like pork, fish, fruit and vegetables also require country of origin labelling, according to the FSANZ.     

Philippines - Meat imports

Jul 22, 2011

Exporters are concerned that it could seriously affect exports of US and third country meat and poultry products. The regulation does not apply to meat never refrigerated, or to meat sold in restaurants or for processing. According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Servvice, industry sources estimate that the regulation could affect 25-30 per cnet of meat and poultry imports. To date, however, enforcement has focused on open or “wet” market vendors of lower value organ meat and by-products.     

Russia may start supplying poultry to EU

Jul 19, 2011

After several years of negotiations, EU officials agreed to open the EU market to Russian poultry products. After the last check of companies in Belgorod, inspectors were satisfied about the level of technology and compliance with veterinary requirements. Soon Russian companies will be able to deliver their products to European markets. Experts believe that this will also encourage other businesses to upgrade thier level of technology and expand their product range. Last week Rosselkhoznadzor, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance in Russia, received a letter from the European authorities, stating that they are considering the possibility of supplying poultry products from Russia to the EU. "EU inspectors made a decision to open their market and requested additional information about the functioning of the Russian monitoring system of the export products safety", said Rosselkhoznadzor spokesman Alex Alekseenko.     

New import checks in wake of bird flu pandemic - UAE

Jul 11, 2011

Importers of live birds and other poultry products from Asian countries are required to meet a set of new criteria, according to a decision issued in this regard by the UAE minister of environment and water Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad on Sunday. With this decision, the environment ministry will implement wider monitoring mechanisms for the import of all live birds, their meat products, hatching eggs and one-day-old chicks from all Asian countries to the UAE.     

Barbados - Rise in poultry prices

Jul 01, 2011

Barbadians can expect to be paying more for chicken by next month, reports Barbados Advocate. This, says, the President of the Barbados Eggs and Poultry Producers Association (BEPPA), Wendell Clarke, is due to the increase in feed prices. Mr Clarke told the newspaper that, in about three weeks time, consumers will have to pay more for the preferred choice of protein, but he said that the BEPPA has not ruled out seeking assistance from Government to keep the price down as much as possible. Earlier this month, Pinnacle Feeds announced it was raising the price of its poultry and livestock feeds, explaining that the continued rise in commodity prices, especially hikes in corn have substantially increased its operating expenses.     

Brazil is the world’s leading chicken exporter in 2011

Jun 17, 2011

Brazil is poised to overtake the United States for the first time ever, as the world’s leading exporter of chicken, with a third of global trade, according to the latest statistics from FAO released this week. Image provided by Prime Equipment Group US agriculture thirty year exports supremacy is also being challenged by Brazil in other fields such as soybeans, beef, corn and even rice, with significant advances in global trade share anticipated the FAO report. However the report also cautions that Brazil urgently needs an overall infrastructure boost to continue expanding its export capacity. Another issue which will have to be addressed is the sustained domestic costs.     

South Africa - Brazilian chicken hurts South Africa

Jun 16, 2011

Local poultry demand has been negatively affected by job losses during the past 18 months as well as by record levels of cheap poultry imports, fueled by a strong rand. In March and April, imports were almost 49% higher than comparative months in prior years. “In the financial year to date, imports are up 30%. That is the equivalent of 5 million birds a week or about 20% of local production and consumption. It is classic dumping,” Astral Foods Limited chief executive officer Chris Schutte said.     

NZ food prices rise in May

Jun 14, 2011

New Zealand food prices rose in May, led by a jump in fruit and vegetables following a decline in produce costs last month. The food price index rose 0.5% in the month, according to Statistics New Zealand, an increase from the 0.1% rise in cost seen in April. In the month, three of the five subgroups saw prices increase, lead by fruit and vegetables cost which rose 1.6%, up from a 3.3% decline in April. Meat, poultry, and fish prices rose 1.2%, and non-alcoholic beverage costs climbed 0.9%. Prices of restaurant meals and ready-to-eat-foods were unchanged, while grocery costs fell 0.2%.     

USA - Increase in white meat sales

Jun 13, 2011

In a recent consumer poll conducted by Technomic, consumers said they eat chicken more frequently than any other type of meat. But they added opportunities still exist for new poultry applications – particularly at breakfast. Twenty-five percent of chicken consumers said they would very likely order chicken breakfast sandwiches at restaurants if available. Twenty-nine percent of turkey-eating consumers said they would likely order breakfast sandwiches or burritos featuring turkey sausage or bacon.     

Vietnam - Meat imports Increases

Jun 10, 2011

Frozen meat imports arriving at HCM City ports in recent months have increased by 20-30 per cent over the same period last year as importers take advantage of price hikes in the domestic market, reports an official source. Nguyen Xuan Binh, director of the Animal Health Centre region 6, said 25,905 tonnes of frozen meat were imported in the first four months of the year, mostly poultry meat. The increase in the price of pork and chicken in the domestic market offers excellent opportunities for importers to ship a large volume of meat for higher profits. According to the HCM City Sub-Department of Animal Health, the volume of imported frozen meat that the sub-department controls has sometimes increased two- to three-fold compared to normal times.     

Brazil’s world’s leading chicken exporter in 2011, ahead of the United States

Jun 10, 2011

US agriculture thirty year exports supremacy is also being challenged by Brazil in other fields such as soybeans, beef, corn and even rice, with significant advances in global trade share anticipated the FAO report. However the report also cautions that Brazil urgently needs an overall infrastructure boost to continue expanding its export capacity. Another issue which will have to be addressed is the sustained domestic costs.     

Meat & poultry sector needs Rs 4-5K crore investment: Government

Jun 08, 2011

An investment of around Rs 4,000- 5,000 crore is required in the meat and poultry processing sector, a senior official from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) said today. "The meat and poultry processing industry requires an investment of Rs 4,000-5,000 crore," MOFPI Secretary Ashok Sinha told reporters here. Meat products are a price sensitive commodity and we need to provide good hygienic products for which the consumer would not mind paying a little extra, he said on the sidelines of the Mayor's conference on meat and poultry sector.     

Nicaragua rejects reducing poultry prices

Jun 07, 2011

The poultry sector in Nicaragua has rejected the idea of reducing poultry prices through the elimination of import tariffs, an idea suggested by the US government in late April, the Nicaraguan Minister of Commerce Orlando Solórzano has announced. “It is necessary to find a way to increase poultry in the international market without affecting Nicaraguan producers,” said Alfonso Valerio, president of the Association of Small and Medium Poultry Producers of Nicaragua. Valerio has requested a negotiation between the government and the poultry industry leaders to find a way to avoid the importation of poultry products.     

Hong Kong - Poultry import restrictions

Jun 06, 2011

Acting Secretary for Food and Health, Gabriel Leung, has consulted lawmakers on the proposed Imported Game, Meat, Poultry and Poultry Eggs Regulation to be made under the city's Food Safety Ordinance, according to an official source. Mr Leung said there is a need to strengthen import control of eggs because more than 99 per cent of them in Hong Kong are imported and the World Health Organization warns that eggs from infected poultry could be contaminated with the avian influenza virus.     

Poultry farmers jittery over egg import decision - Bangladesh

May 26, 2011

The government, according to reports in a section of the media, has decided to import 10 million eggs and day-old chicks (DOC) from India. Such a decision has triggered strong resentment among the local poultry farmers. They said this will cause widespread loss to them and lead to closure of thousands of small farms. The rationale behind the government decision is not yet clearly known. On their part, the local poultry breeders have claimed that the local production of eggs and chicks now surpasses the domestic demand.     

First among 160 abattoirs to be set up under 12th Plan established in Rajasthan

May 10, 2011

In order to improve conditions of the abattoirs in the country under the 12th Plan, the National Meat and Poultry Processing Board (NMPPB), under the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), has taken up an initiative to provide consultancy to build around 160 modern abattoirs across the country. The first abattoir to be set up under the initiative, has already started working in Dholpur district of Rajasthan, a week ago. The body has already executed an empanelment of representatives from all states who could work on the newly initiated project.     

BAI bans birds, poultry products from South Africa

May 06, 2011

The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has temporarily restricted the entry of wild and domestic birds and poultry meat and eggs from South Africa. The bureau said Wednesday it issued Memorandum Order No. 9 on April 14, after the presence of a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (serotype H5N2) was detected and confirmed by the Office International des Epizooties in a farm in Oudtshorn, Western Cape province in South Africa All quarantine officers and inspectors at all major ports were tasked to confiscate all shipments of South African poultry and poultry products.     

American meat processors’ plea to use ‘pasteurised’ for meat & poultry

May 05, 2011

The North American Meat Processors Association filed a petition recently asking the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Canadian Food Inspection Service to allow the term "pasteurised" to be used for certain meat and poultry products. "Technologies have emerged that allow for the pasteurisation of certain meat and poultry products, and the term 'pasteurised' best describes these products to consumers," said NAMP executive director Phil Kimball, in a recent association news update.     

Emu farming set for a boost with licensing for breeding, exports underway

May 04, 2011

The poultry industry is experiencing rapid growth in “emu farming” in India for the last two years. However, lack of licensing for breeding and exports is hampering the growth of the trade. But the scene is set to change with licensing scheduled to begin shortly. The breeding of emu, a bird native to Australia, has been taken up across the country, particularly in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, in recent years with more and more emu farms being set up across the country.     

Brazil - More poultry for the Middle East

May 03, 2011

Brazil's poultry sales to Egypt were 119 per cent higher in the first quarter than the same period of 2010, despite the political crisis in the country, while overall export volume was up almost eight per cent. Brazilian poultry exports to Egypt grew 119 per cent in volume in the first quarter of the year when compared to the same period of 2010, despite the political crisis that erupted in the country early this year, reports ANBA. The Middle East remains the leading market for the Brazilian product, with US$673 million in imports.     

New guidance aims to reduce RTE meat contamination

Apr 28, 2011

The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued draft guidelines to help small ready-to-eat meat manufacturers reduce the risk of harmful bacteria in their products, following related recalls last year. The US Department of Agriculture’s FSIS said it developed the new guidelines with a special focus on the causes of several illness-related meat and poultry product recalls in 2010.     

Poultry farmers losing Rs 5 per broiler, 25 paisa on each egg

Apr 27, 2011

Poultry farmers are losing Rs 5 per live bird and about 25 paisa per egg due to high feed costs, those involved in the trade have complained, demanding a ban on the export of feeds like maize and soya to cut down input costs.The cost of production of broiler is about Rs 50 per kg live body weight while the farmers are selling it at Rs 45 per kg on average, Ricky Thaper, the spokesman of the Poultry Federation of India (PFI), told PTI.Similarly, the cost of production of an egg comes to around Rs 2, about 25 paisa more than the selling price per piece, he added.     

India-Netherlands Cooperation in Meat and Poultry Processing

Apr 20, 2011

India and the Netherlands are to cooperate in meat and poultry processing in a big way.India has sent a delegation to the Netherlands to the Product Boards Livestock, Meat and Eggs (PVE), to understand the Dutch processes relating to meat and poultry processing. The delegation is led by the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Vice-Chairman of National Meat Poultry Processing Board, Shri Ajit Kumar.     

Meat and Poultry Products Contaminated with a Hazardous Bacteria in the US

Apr 20, 2011

A recent study conducted by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has found that about half of the meat and poultry products sold in the US market were contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Researchers found that about 47% of these products available in the market were polluted with Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), bacteria which can cause many harmful diseases in humans. Staph can cause many health complications including; skin infections, pneumonia, endocarditis and sepsis. The bacteria were found to be resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics in more than half of the contaminated samples.     

Bangladesh poultry production in rapid decline

Apr 12, 2011

In Bangladesh poultry production has fallen by nearly 18% in the last nine months, according to the Poultry Industries Protection National Council. The poultry sector in the country blames the significant decline on the increase in poultry feed prices, the governments failure to provide incentives to the sector, low market price of poultry products and bird flu. Chicken farming output in June, 2010 was 1.95mn kg a day while in December it declined to around 1.7mn kg a day and in March the level came down to nearly 1.6mn kg, said leaders of the council, citing reports from markets and their 64 district and 490 sub-district units.     

Argentina promotes meat production with subsidized loans

Apr 11, 2011

Argentina plans to extend the equivalent of 750 million US dollars in subsidized loans to meat producers to spur increased production of beef, chicken and pork. The government will pay 6 percentage points of the interest rate on the five- year loans, bringing the financing cost to producers to between 8% and 9%, Agriculture Minister Julian Dominguez told reporters when announcing the plan.That's sharply lower than market rates and is an even better deal for ranchers and other meat producers considering Argentina's steep inflation, estimated by economists at about a 25% annual rate.     

Netherlands-based Institute of Food Safety develops technique to identify organic egg

Apr 05, 2011

RIKILT, Institute of Food Safety, part of Wageningen University and Research Centre in Netherlands, has developed a method for verifying whether an egg is organic with the help of analytical techniques.The method works by reading a ‘fingerprint’ of components of the egg. The fingerprints of authentic organic products are compared to a broad selection of similar regular products, and the results are recorded in a database. The researchers at RIKILT have developed a statistical model which compares the fingerprint of a new sample to those of samples in the database. This makes it possible to determine whether the makeup of this new product is closer to that of organic or regular products.     

China bans poultry imports from Netherlands to guard bird flu risk

Apr 04, 2011

China has banned the imports of poultry products from the Zeeland province of the Netherlands where an outbreak of H7N1 bird flu virus was reported on March 22, China's quarantine watchdog said.Any poultry and poultry products by mail or carried by tourists from the Netherlands will be returned or destroyed, officials from China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Ministry of Agriculture said in a joint statement posted on the government's website ( Sunday.     

Sri Lankans to eat more chicken

Apr 01, 2011

Sri Lanka’s current chicken consumption will increase to 8 kg per person from the current 5Kg next five years, Chairman of the Ceylon Grain Elevators (GRAN), Cheng Chih Kwong Primus said recently reviewing the company’s annual performance. “With rapid development, change in lifestyle and purchasing power, we expect the consumption would increase in such a magnitude”. He pointed out that in the backdrop of market recovery from the global financial turmoil, the world population has grown anda will continue to grow in the next two decades.     

New Standards for Reducing Pathogens in Poultry

Mar 18, 2011

Trying to cut the risk of foodborne illnesses caused by contaminated raw poultry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced stricter standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in young chickens and turkey. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FS!S) estimates that two years of enforcing the tougher standards should result in about 5,000 fewer Campylobacter infections and 20,000 fewer Salmonella infections.     

Cost-effective India seeks to grow poultry

Mar 17, 2011

India's domestic poultry market, estimated at about $7.7 billion, is booming. The country, which is the world third-biggest supplier of eggs, however is struggling to expand its international market share currently pegged only at about $110 million annually.India's main advantage is adequate supplies of feeds like corn and soymeal which are not genetically modified, lending the world's sixth-largest broiler producer a distinct cost advantage.     

China’s market dominated by imported dairy products

Mar 11, 2011

Imported dairy products have been dominating China’s market, as the quantity of imports have gone up to 600,000 tonnes in the year 2009. These dairy products today comprise of 90% of the infant food market, and this has now become a point of worry in China.     

Myanmar suspends poultry products export to Saudi Arabia

Mar 10, 2011

Myanmar authorities have suspended export of poultry products to Saudi Arabia following bird flu re- struck Myanmar last month, according to the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) Tuesday. The export of chicken and eggs from Myanmar to Saudi Arabia have also been temporarily prohibited by World Organization For Animal Health.     

EU to review poultry water content levels

Mar 03, 2011

The EU Commission is to review water content levels in poultry meat, so as to protect consumers from the risk of being overcharged. The presence of water in frozen poultry meat is accepted as part of normal preparatory process and varies depending on the chilling method.     

Small poultry farmers switch to branded eggs

Nov 24, 2010

A handful of small entrepreneurs engaged in poultry farming have created a niche for their innovative product — branded eggs. A few years ago some poultry farmers in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, had launched branded eggs but gave up the exercise due to lack of points of sale. But increasing brand consciousness among urban consumers and points of sale available at retail stores has now provided an opportunity to poultry farmers to sell branded eggs. These eggs have a higher vitamin and mineral content and are free from odour. Though branded eggs are rapidly increasing their presence in urban pockets, the sales figures are not yet very impressive, since the concept is at a nascent stage. However, since the per capita consumption in India is 43 eggs a year, the potential is huge. M L Kansal, after retiring as a professor from Panjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, had been making persistent efforts to launch premium-quality branded eggs. The launch pad was provided by Bharti-Walmart followed by Hypercity, which enabled him to roll out branded eggs as a niche market product.     

UK - Poultry farmers in panic mode

Nov 19, 2010

The chief poultry adviser of UK farming group NFU has written to national newspaper, the Independent this week, following an article in which it was suggested that consumers should choose Thai chicken over British birds because of welfare standards. In reposnse to the claims made by Dr Marc Cooper of the RSPCA the following letter of reply was submitted: ‘Regarding your story ‘Call for boycott of British chicken’ (Nov 4), there are a number of reasons why most consumers prefer to buy quality British chicken such as a desire to source more locally and supporting the British economy.     

Russian Poultry Import Quota to Drop 33% in 2011

Nov 18, 2010

The quota for poultry imports in 2011 will drop in order to boost local production, while quotas for imports of beef and pork will remain unchanged, the head of Russia's Meat Union said Wednesday. The poultry quota may be slashed to 400,000 tons, with about 70 percent of that coming from the United States, said Musheg Mamikonyan, who leads the meat producers' lobby group. The United States shipped 733,000 tons of poultry meat to Russia in 2009 and the U.S. quota for 2010 was set at 600,000 tons, although Russia allowed other suppliers to use a quarter of it.     

Russia - Musical chairs on poultry imports

Nov 16, 2010

The Russian Federation has approved 17 U.S. poultry processing plants as eligible to export product to that country, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said on its website. Among the companies who got the nod were Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson Foods, Mountaire Farms, Peco Foods and Sanderson Farms. To view a complete list, click here. Russia has approved dozens of U.S. poultry plants since July, when it agreed with Washington to a new export agreement that allows alternative pathogen reduction treatments to chlorine. A government source declined to say how many facilities have been approved and how many have yet to be approved, because the two countries’ lists do not match.     

India has tremendous potential to increase poultry export

Nov 15, 2010

India has tremendous potential to increase its export of poultry meat provided it overcomes the constraint of limited processing plants, according to Poultry Federation of India (PFI). "Potential to export poultry meat from India is tremendous. All the major poultry importing countries are around India. Being in the middle of market and competitive cost of broiler production are in favour of India," PFI spokesman Ricky Thaper told PTI. However, enough poultry processing plants are not in place to capture a big share of the export potential, he lamented. India export of poultry products came down to Rs 372 crore in 2009-10 from Rs 422 crore in 2008-9, APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Foodproducts Export Development Authority) quoting DGCIS annual export said.     

Uncertain Future for U.S. Poultry in Russia

Nov 12, 2010

Although U.S. poultry was only recently allowed back in Russia, it seems American chicken is still being eased out. After a meeting between presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev in late June, Russia agreed to lift a ban on American poultry that began in January. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had called U.S. poultry unsafe because it is treated with antimicrobial chlorine. Details of the renewed export agreement were finalized in July, but resolving the dispute has been anything but smooth.     

Poultry indst to gain from provison of an extra egg for troops

Sep 10, 2010

Poultry industry today hailed the Defense Ministry’s decision to provide an additional egg to about 1.3 million strong armed forces, saying that the move would boost demand for eggs and enhance the income of poultry farmers. The Defiance ministry had recently decided to give two eggs a day to troops. An additional sum of Rs 250 crore would be provided in the annual budget for change in the diet plan. "After implementation of this decision, the consumption of eggs (in armed forces) would double up," Poultry Federation of India (PFI) spokesman and treasurer Ricky Thaper told PTI. The poultry farms have started taking steps to expand production to supply the extra quantity of eggs to troops, he added.     

USDA to make $30 million poultry purchase

Sep 09, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $30 million worth of poultry products for federal food programs, U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., said today. Lincoln, who chairs the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, said she received the news from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Lincoln had sent a letter to Vilsack last week urging USDA to make a large poultry purchase. The purchase “will provide a much-needed boost to Arkansas’ poultry industry,” Lincoln said in a news release, noting that the poultry industry represents one out of every six jobs in Arkansas. The poultry will go to programs such as child nutrition programs and programs that feed victims of natural disasters.     

Bangaldesh's Nod for import of poultry products from India

Sep 08, 2010

Bangladesh has decided to allow import of day-old broiler and layer chicks and also eggs from India to break the monopoly of some big companies in the country’s poultry sector and also to meet the country’s increasing demands. Sharful Alam, secretary in the ministry of fisheries and livestock, said yesterday that import of poultry products from India would begin within a week. If the import begins, he said, the prices of eggs, broiler and layer chicks would fall significantly. The Bangladesh government had earlier formed a permanent co-ordination committee for co-ordinate efforts to keep the market situation normal, he said. The co-ordinate efforts of the government, he said, would continue in finding solution to the problems of Bangladesh’s poultry sector.     

Japan to Resume Imports of Korean Poultry

Sep 08, 2010

Japan's agriculture ministry announced on Tuesday that it is lifting a ban on Korean poultry imports. The ministry had imposed the ban in May due to an outbreak of avian influenza but has now confirmed that Korean poultry products are free of the virus. According to Japan's trade statistics, the country imported close to 800 tons of poultry from Korea in 2007. Meanwhile Korea also resumed poultry exports to Hong Kong from Tuesday after trade was suspended last year due to the bird flu outbreak.     

European poultry production is projected to growth by 8% by 2015

Aug 31, 2010

European poultry production is projected to growth by 8% by 2015. Consumption is set to increase by 9% in the EU, from an average of 22.2 kg per capita in 2008. And there’s still plenty of room for growth: Brazilians eat 39.9 kg of broiler per year. CeePackaging reports. However, poultry producers also face intense price pressure and fierce competition – especially with the economic downturn such as from farmed fish. Meanwhile, input costs – wheat, soya – are expected to rise. In this context, the challenge for producers and retailers is to differentiate and inject value into a meat that continues to be perceived as a low-value product.