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USDA International Egg and Poultry

28 November 2013

USDA International Egg and Poultry: Poultry Production in TurkeyUSDA International Egg and Poultry: Poultry Production in Turkey

Turkey’s poultry and egg industry continue to grow. Turkish chicken meat production (broilers and layers) totaled 1.7 million tons in 2012, up 7% from 2011.
USDA International Egg and Poultry

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service estimated broiler meat production at 1.76 million tons in 2013 and forecasts production to reach 1.82 million tons in 2014, an increase of 3%.

The number of broilers rose 6.4% in 2012 compared to the previous year; laying hen numbers increased 7.2%. Hen egg production rose 15% to reach 14.91 billion eggs in 2012, up from 12.95 million eggs a year earlier. Broilers and laying hens account for 98.5% of poultry production.

Turkey has not yet realized the export potential of its poultry industry; there are still big opportunities such as Saudi Arabia and the EU. Turkey has a logistical advantage and the ability to supply Halal-certified whole birds; as a result, exports have quadrupled over the past five years. In 2012, exports under HS 0207 totaled 304,347 tons, up 29% compared to a year earlier. The value rose about 37%, reaching $527 million in 2012. Turkey’s egg industry is also growing tremendously. Currently these companies export primarily to Iraq and are planning to export liquid egg to the EU in the near future.

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