Saudi poultry sector cries foul over flood of imports
Saudi Arabia's poultry sector is facing a serious threat to its
survival as imported poultry products have flooded the domestic
The Saudi Society for Poultry Producers has sent a plea to the Ministry of
Commerce and Industry asking it to intervene to save the industry from impending
Abdullah Bakar Qadi, chairman of the society, called for
protection of the poultry industry and producers from incurring huge losses. He
said domestic investments worth more than Dh30 billion (more than US$8 billion)
is at a risk if steps are not taken to control poultry imports.
incessant flooding of imported poultry products has inflicted a severe blow to
the industry as a whole, resulting in the closure of several poultry stores in
various parts of the kingdom," he said.
The society groups major
poultry producers and distributors in the kingdom. About 83 percent of the local
Saudi poultry production comes from the society members, Qadi
While noting that the flooding of local market with foreign
poultry products started as early as 1990, Qadi said that the latest studies,
carried out by the society about this phenomenon, showed that this was done by
foreign exporters with direct support from their respective
"The foreign exporters, especially those from Europe,
are getting support from their governments in various ways, and these include
exemption of customs duties, programme for financing exports, extending
long-term loans at low-rate of interests and the like," he pointed out.
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