Ukraine poultry production rise drives exports

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

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Ukraine has seen poultry exports increase considerably
Ukraine has seen poultry exports increase considerably

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A 16.3% rise in Ukrainian poultry production in the first four months of 2013 has driven a significant increase in export volumes for April, according to the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club.

The group revealed that, in April, Ukraine exported 12,727 tons (t) of poultry meat, which is 21% more than during the previous month and 2.5 times higher than in April last year.

According to the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club, the export of poultry meat has increased both in the main importing countries, as well as a number of the new markets. In April 3,627t of poultry was exported to the Russian Federation, a 24% increase on March levels.

At the same time, exports of poultry meat to Kazakhstan increased by half to 2,620t.

“There has also been a rapid increase in exports of Ukranian poultry to Iran: in January only 199t was exported to this country, but in April volumes reached 1,683t,”​ said a spokesperson.

“Small amounts also began to be exported to Thailand and Suriname. A positive fact is that the export of Ukrainian poultry was sufficiently differentiated and carried out in more than 20 countries.”  

However, these figures could be just the beginning, as experts predict that, this year, Ukraine will continue to actively increase exports of chicken meat abroad. It is expected that, in 2013, Ukraine will export about 140,000t of poultry, which is almost double the levels of 2012, when the country exported 80,000t of poultry.”

The rise of export supplies will be accompanied by a continued increase in the level of domestic production.

“The production of chicken meat will continue to grow, because poultry production has become quite attractive for investment,”​ said Ukrainian Agribusiness Club expert Alina Zarko.

“Along with increased production, farmers currently face challenges to enter new markets and expand their presence in the markets they have already entered.”

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