Domestic poul­try pro­duc­tion sup­plies more than half of domestic de­mand

Poul­try plants pro­duced around 60 thou­sand kilo­grams of chicken last year

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent report by the live­stock di­rec­torate at the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG), there are 972 prop­erly li­censed poul­try projects in the re­gion.

Ra­mazan Mo­hammed Karim, head of the live­stock di­rec­torate of the agri­cul­ture min­istry, be­lieves that Kur­dis­tan is in need of around 100 thou­sand tons of chicken per year.

The report men­tions that not all of the poul­try plants listed were pro­duc­ing, and some of them were not op­er­at­ing at all.

Dr. Azad Khosh­naw, a vet­eri­nar­ian and me­dia di­rec­tor at the live­stock and ve­teri­nary di­rec­torate gen­eral told the Kur­dish Globe that only 632 (i.e. 65%) of the poul­try plants in the re­gion are op­er­a­tional and pro­duc­tive.

Haidar Farhan Has­san, chair­man of the Kur­dis­tan higher board of poul­try in­dus­try, on the other hand, be­lieves that the per­cent­age of pro­duc­ing projects is only 40%.

“If all projects op­er­ate with full ca­pac­ity, they can meet 100% of the domestic de­mand,” ar­gues Has­san. “If the poul­try projects can be sup- ported by the government in the right way and the im­port of for­eign poul­try prod­ucts can be con­trolled, then the re­gion can be self-suf­fi­cient in meet­ing poul­try de­mands.”

Cur­rently, the mar­ket de­mand is sat­is­fied with im­ports from Turkey and Brazil.

Gov­ern­men­tal as­sis­tance dur­ing 2012

Ac­cord­ing to the live­stock di­rec­torate’s report, the government has sup­ported those poul­try project own­ers who have mar­keted their poul­try through the slaugh­ter­houses, by of­fer­ing a fi­nan­cial sup­port of IQD 350 (ap­prox­i­mately US$ 0.30) per kilo­gram of chicken.

Has­san told the Kur­dish Globe that their com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage in com­par­i­son with their Turk­ish and Brazil­ian com­peti­tors is that they have fresh chick­ens; while in the frozen chicken they can­not com­pete with the im­ported prod­ucts.

The to­tal amounts of fi­nan­cial sup­port were IQD 4 bil­lion (ap­prox­i­mately US$ 3.4 mil­lion), in ad­di­tion to slaugh­ter­ing price sup­port and a 50% sub­sidy on 3 tons of soya dis- tri­b­u­tion over poul­try plants.

Poul­try own­ers, how­ever, pre­fer to get sub­si­dized feeds rather than soya.

“If we get 50% sub­si­dized feeds for only one year, we can re­sume pro­duc­tion in all poul­try plants in the re­gion,” ar­gues Has­san in an in­ter­view with the Globe.

There are 8 poul­try slaugh­ter­houses with a to­tal slaugh­ter­ing ca­pac­ity of 33,000 poul­try per hour. More­over, the re­gion has 14 feed pro­duc­tion plants with a col­lec­tive ca­pac­ity of 186 tons per hour.

Egg pro­duc­tion in Kur­dis­tan

Be­sides the chicken meat as the main prod­uct, the poul­try plants in Kur­dis­tan pro­duce eggs and other prod­ucts.

Khosh­naw told the Globe that the poul­try plants have pro­duced more than 400 mil­lion eggs in 2012. In ad­di­tion, as per the data men­tioned in the report, there are 6 egg pro­duc­tion plants with a ca­pac­ity of 335 tons of eggs for con­sump­tion, while there are 27 plants that in­cu­bate 112 mil­lion eggs in one year.

An em­ployee works in­side a poul­try near Er­bil.

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