June 14, 2011


Turkey's meat output in domestic market increases



Turkey's meat production in the domestic market has increased following the implementation of customs duty on carcass meat importation that amounted to 60%, according to the Turkey's Meat Producers Association on Sunday (Jun 12).


Ahmet Yucesan, the Executive Board Chairman of Turkey's Meat Producers Association (ETBIR), said they would be in an effort to balance the domestic market with taxes from now on.


Yucesan said importation of meat started in April 2010, adding that, "around 170,000 tonnes of meat and around 80,000 tonnes of livestock were imported to Turkey. Malpractices in Turkey caused importation of meat. The country lost one year. Turkey will pay the cost of this in five to six years."


Yucesan said it was unavoidable for Turkey to import meat during EU membership process, and noted that domestic market could be protected with funds in this respect.


"There is an agreement among EU member countries. It is obligatory for them to make reciprocal trade in agricultural products. Efforts will be underway to balance the domestic market with taxes. The producer will from now on act thinking 'meat will be imported'. There will be production in Turkey from now on with lower costs," he said.


Yucesan said around TRY1.7 billion (US$1.08 billion) support was earmarked to enliven stockbreeding, and noted that quality was increased with the high quality races brought from abroad.


Yucesan said Turkey's monthly meat consumption was 60,000 tonnes and annual consumption was approximately 800,000 tonnes. "Thirty percent of this was supplied from abroad. When importation continues, it will not stop. Even if it stops, domestic production is not adequate," he said.


Turkey had launched a non-interest loan system for animal breeders last August, and almost 50,000 producers got TRY3.6 billion (US$2.29 billion) loan.


On April 30, 2010, the Council of Ministers authorised the Meat & Fishery Authority (EBK) to import 16,000 tonnes of live cattle, and 7,500 tonnes of cattle meat (fresh or frozen). However, EBK decided to import livestock instead of importing meat.

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