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December 1, 2008
 
Thai Broiler Weekly: Chicken prices stable amid bleak export prospect (week ended Nov 27, 2008)
                                           
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Price summary
 
Local chicken prices have held on, unchanged for more than a week now despite the current political turmoil and projections of a negative growth in poultry export in the face of a global economic slowdown.
 
Unlike with chilled shrimp, however, export of processed chicken has not been affected by the current siege of Bangkok's main airports by antigovernment protesters. The siege has virtually cut off the country from the rest of the world as incoming and outgoing flights are suspended.
 
The latest survey by the Department of Internal Trade, done this week, showed the farm price of live chicken unchanged at THB37-38/kg since last week. Hog prices, on the other hand, fell by THB1/kg this week.
 
 
Market analysis
 
After enjoying a 9 percent growth during the first half of the year, broiler is projected to decline by 5 percent next year in the wake of the current global economic crisis. Anan Sirimongkolkasem, president of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association, said key chicken importers like the Europe and Japan were in an economic slowdown that is expected to drag on throughout next year.
 
The recent bird flu outbreak northeast of the country has complicated the situation.
 
While the Thai government has tried to play it down to the point of denying there was such an outbreak, some importing countries are beginning to worry.
 
Malaysia, for one, has banned Thai chicken and chicken parts following this month's bird flu report. Its agriculture and agro-based industry ministry has stopped issuing import permits for whole chicken and chicken parts as a precautionary measure, a spokesman for Thailand's livestock development department said.
 
The spokesman said Malaysia imported 769 tonnes of chicken from Thailand from September to November this year.
 
Thailand's latest bird flu incident broke out in the Nong Chang district in Sukothai, 430 km northeast of Bangkok. It was discovered after five chickens at a farm got sick and died at the end of last month. Subsequent lab tests conducted by the livestock department confirmed the chickens were infected with the H5N1 virus.
 
The department's deputy director later issued a statement saying there has not been any recent bird flu attack in the country. The World Organisation for Animal Health, however, has confirmed that a bird-flu outbreak had happened in Sukhothai this month.
 

Markets

Prices
for whole dressed chicken

as of  Nov 20
(in Thai baht/kg)

Prices
for whole dressed chicken

as of  Nov 27
(in Thai baht/kg)

Changes
(in Thai baht/kg)

Supermarkets (Bangkok)

70-75

70-75

0

Public markets (Bangkok)

64-66

64-66

0

Public markets (Suburbs)

58-60

58-60

0

Farm gate 

37-38 (liveweight)

37-38 (liveweight)

0

US$1=THB 35.645 (Dec 1)
 

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