Positive growth for France's chicken imports, exports this year
France's chicken imports, including by-products, had rose 5.6% year-on-year during the first half of 2015, to a volume of 253,300 tonnes.
In addition, the country's chicken exports increased 3.7% to 224,000 tonnes, according to data provided by the Department of Agriculture.
Overall, June has been observed to be an exceptional month, with French chicken imports and exports up close to 11%, and 12% year-on-year, respectively. While African nations are identified as key markets for French chicken meat, no explanation was given for the higher imports.
Compared to 2014, chicken and by-products outputs are more or less stable. During January to August this year, production for both categories combined reached 554 million heads or 979,000 tonnes, an average rise of 1.5%. Consumption increased 3% compared to a year earlier.