July 8, 2010

Turkey may export poultry to Iran instead of Russia


Turkey's plans to export 500,000 tonnes of poultry to Russia in a year have failed, and the sector is now looking to expand into regional markets such as Iran and Iraq.


Turkish poultry producers increased their output by between 5% and 10% this year as they were hoping to sell their product to Russia. However, these plans turned out to be unsuccessful as Russia reached an agreement with the US to import poultry.

Poultry Meat Producers and Poulterers Association (BESD-BÄ°R) President Zuhal DaÅŸtan said the extra poultry produced for Russia was put on the domestic market. The sector is now concentrating on Iran, she said, predicting that exports to Iran will start shortly. "Negotiations are continuing with Iran but they will start buying soon," stated DaÅŸtan.

The sector also sells 5,000 to 6,000 tonnes of poultry to Iraq each month, she said. "They are keen on buying Turkish poultry regardless of its comparatively high price because our chickens are butchered according to halal standards," DaÅŸtan said.The Turkish poultry sector sent its first shipment of exports to Russia on Wednesday (July 7), she said, predicting it would also be the last. The Russians opted not to import poultry from Turkey because they found it too expensive compared to US poultry, which can be bought at US$1.45 per kg, DaÅŸtan said. The promotional price for one kg of Turkish poultry, on the other hand, is US$1.65, which increases when shipping costs are included.

Haşim Gürdamar, CEO of Şen Piliç, also said that there is a great demand from Iran for Turkish poultry. "If we can sell 10% of our total production to Iran it will be a great relief for the sector," he said.