Tunisia: 2021 broiler production figures up, eggs down

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Photos: Lex Salverda (broilers) and Boerderij (eggs)
Photos: Lex Salverda (broilers) and Boerderij (eggs)

In 2021, Tunisia recorded a 6.2% increase in live broilers compared to 2020. Meanwhile, the production of table eggs recorded a 5.5% drop compared to 2020.

As reported by Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP), this was according to the National Observatory of Agriculture (Onagri) at a time when pressure is being exerted on the supply and prices of eggs for consumption, prompting the Ministry of Trade to set maximum profit margins. The Ministry has, therefore, called on egg producers to strengthen supply to meet local demand and accelerate the formation of a buffer stock for Ramadan 2022.

An increase in investment in agriculture

Meanwhile, the volume of investment in the agricultural sector has increased. In the governorate of Zaghouan, an increase of nearly 330% in 2021 compared to 2020 was recorded by the local director of the Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investment, Samir Marzouk, who spoke to TAP. He noted that 90 investment operations worth 41.2 million dinars (€12.4 million) were approved in 2021 against 99 operations worth 9.5 million dinars (€2.9 million) in 2020, reports the news agency.

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A notable portion of these investments went to the renewal of equipment for the poultry sector, the rehabilitation of state-owned agricultural land, processing industries, agricultural mechanisation, and planting of fruit trees, he said.

Increase price of poultry and eggs

The family consumer price index for December 2021, published by the National Institute of Statistics and reported by TAP, showed an increase of 7.6% in food prices year-on-year in the country. This was primarily due to the increase in the price of poultry (23.3%), olive oil (21.8%) and eggs (15.5%).

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist