September 29, 2011

Thai Broiler Weekly: chicken export outlook upbeat after UAE lifts ban (week ended Sep 22)

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Price summary
 
Thai chicken prices remain stable, buoyed by the easing of the flood situation in the provinces and the lifting of the import ban on uncooked chicken by the United Arab Emirates.
 
The farm price in Bangkok, unchanged for the last few weeks, is strong at THB44/kg, as are live-bird prices in the South at THB46-49 a kilogramme. In the upper parts of northern Thailand, prices have strengthened by THB1/kg to THB42-43 as weeks of raining eased, leaving chicken consumption to perk up a bit.
 
 
Market analysis

Despite concerns over the raging bird-flu outbreaks in neighbouring countries like Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia, with which it shares hundreds of miles of porous land border,  and the deepening financial troubles in the EU, Thai broiler producers are by and large upbeat about this year's export outlook, especially after the recent lifting of the UAE ban.
 
Preecha Somboonprasert, director general of Livestock Development Department, has disclosed that the UAE's Environment and Water Ministry had lifted the ban on the import of chickens and chicken products from Thailand, effective September 5 this year.
 
The UAE, along with most other countries like Japan and those of the EU, have imposed bans on frozen chicken imports from Thailand since the 2004 Asian bird-flu epidemic.

In its recent announcement, the UAE said that "poultry and any poultry products can be imported from Thailand in accordance with (UAE) veterinary laws." The decision to rescind the seven-year ban, it added, was arrived at after it was convinced Thailand had put in place sufficient biosecurity measures against any future bird-flu outbreak. Thailand has not had any cases of bird-flu since 2009.

The lifting of the UEA ban has reinforced Thailand's efforts to find alternative markets for its chicken exports amid worsening economic troubles in the EU, the country's main broiler destination.

The Thai government has singled out the Middle East as one potential alternative market for its chicken. Since the beginning of the year, Thailand has exported 2,250 tonnes of frozen chicken, worth THB112.5 million to Bahrain, another Middle East country. It expects this year's exports to Bahrain to reach THB180 million.

Just before its political troubles early this year, Egypt announced a plan to import chicken from Thailand. That plan has been shelved after a change in government following a popular uprising a few months back.
 

Markets

Prices for whole dressed chicken
as of  September 15(in Thai baht/kg)

Prices for whole dressed chicken
as of  September 22(in Thai baht/kg)

Changes
(in Thai baht/kg)

Supermarkets (Bangkok)

130-135

130-135

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Public markets (Bangkok)

75-90

75-90

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Public markets (Suburbs)

70-85

70-85

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Farm gate 

44(Liveweight)

44

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US$1=THB 31.22 (September 29, 2011)

 

 
 
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