Poultry consumption in Bulgaria has gone down by 23% over the first three months of 2006 as compared to the same period in the previous year.
Ivan Angelov, chair of the Product Board for poultry and eggs, explained that at present the producers are selling poultry for BGN 2,40 (€1.23), which does not cover their investments to meet the European demands.
In his words large amounts of poultry that have been collected because the bird flu fears that hit the country in the beginning of the year has not been sold yet.
Besides a drop in the poultry there is a decrease in the eggs’ prices, which is now BGN 0,07 to BGN 0,09 (€ 0.035 – € 0.046) per egg.
Poultry consumption in the country is dropping despite the efforts to stimulate the consumption through the “European chicken” campaign. The campaign aims at teaching Bulgaria’s people to eat healthy and mainly poultry produced in the European Union.