August 25, 2006


IGC: World poultry demand recovers in face of bird flu



Global consumer demand for poultry meat is showing signs of a sustained recovery, despite further outbreaks this year of H5N1 bird flu in East Asia, the August International Grains Council (IGC) report says.


IGC said the recovery in consumption has been aided by more widespread knowledge of the disease.


"Poultry meat output is likely to show a slight overall decline for 2006 as a whole, but the sector has seen an improvement in recent months," said the IGC on the world situation.


The agency added that assuming no further escalation in the H5N1 bird flu, that it expects world poultry feed needs to rise to 237 million tonnes in 2006/07, which would be up 2 million tonnes on the year.