Philippine exporter sees niche market in chicken parent stocks
Amid broiler integrators' interest in the poultry
export market, food conglomerate Universal Robina Corp. (URC) keeps an eye in a
niche market for parent stock locally which has tremendous growth opportunities.
The Philippines and other Asian countries have been
used to importing chicken parent stocks from the US or Europe. Now that bird flu
has infected even western countries' parent stock, URC
is trying to displace these imports.
"It's an opportunity that has been opened us because of the bird flu
crisis. Traditionally, we've been dependent on importation of parent stocks.
Asian countries are starting to realize that we can't always depend on the US
and Europe for the supply of parent stocks because of these diseases," said
URC's William Lim.
URC has also been able to export parent stocks to Malaysia. Aside from
this, there are potential markets too in Indonesia and Bangladesh. With a
600,000-head yearly production of dressed chicken, the country needs about four
to five million parent stocks each year. Parent stocks are breeders and are used
to produce day-old chicks for fattening and dressing.
The Philippines faces a very promising market for poultry in 2007 because
of its having remained bird flu-free. The broiler sector sees around 8,000 to
10,000 mt of chicken barbecue yakitori and other special preparations to Japan.
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