Ramadan brings no aid to Turkey’s suffering poultry industry

04-08-2011 | | |

Ramadan, typically a beneficial time for Turkey’s poultry industry is proving otherwise, which is not good news for the country’s already struggling poultry industry.

In previous years poultry sales doubled during Ramadan, but excessively hot temperatures have had a negative effect on consumption and production, Necmettin Çalışkan, the general coordinator of Beyza Piliç, a Turkish poultry company, said recently. Due to high summer temperatures, chickens perish before they weigh 2.5 kilos, the legal weight limit to cull the animal set by the industry representatives.

The Turkish poultry sector was just starting to recover from the effects of the 2008 global crisis, however, high temperatures started affecting the sector negatively with demand decreasing as consumers have become disturbed by the smell of chicken meat in the heat and prefer to eat vegetables, Çalışkan said.

About 10-15% of chicken meat produced in Turkey is exported, but the sector has had concerns over exports too. The recent turmoil in Syria has negatively affected exports, leaving exporters facing a bad situation.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News