December 5, 2011

Thai Broiler Weekly: Thailand expects to meet chicken export targets despite severe flooding (week ended Dec 2)
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Price summary

Thai chicken supply and prices are stable despite the recent floods, making the government confident the country could meet this year's export target of 460,000 tonnes.

The farm-gate price of live birds still ranges from THB37-42 across the country, although there has been a slight weakening in Chonburi province following a big drop in demand during the last two weeks.

Market analysis

At the height of the flood crisis in central Thailand last month, tens of thousands of residents fled Bangkok, seeking refuge in nearby provinces, especially Chonburi.  In Pattaya, the province's top tourist destination, hotels and serviced apartments were fully booked with Bangkok refugees taking most of the rooms.

The exodus from Bangkok, according to Mutnapat Thongkon, owner of the Durain poultry farm in Chonburi, drove chicken demand - and prices -- up in the province for at least a month. 

But, with Thailand's flood crisis now over, refugees from Bangkok have now returned home. Consequently, she adds, chicken prices and demand in the province have weakened.

Trissadee Chaosuancharoen, director-general of the Livestock Development Department, believes that Thailand could still meet its export target this year despite two months of heavy flooding.

Although widespread, the inundation only affected 1% of Thai broiler farms, according to him, likely affecting only 5.5% of the country's export capacity. About 80% of the kingdom's chicken farms, he says, are located on higher grounds and were not affected by the country's worst flooding in 60 years.

Trissadee reports that most of the farms affected by the flooding have since resumed operation. 

Thailand hopes to export 460,000 tonnes of cooked and uncooked chicken this year, up 7% from 2010 level.

Buoyed by high chicken prices locally and internationally, the country expects to expand chicken production by 9% to 1.5 million tonnes next year, from an estimated 1.38 million tonnes this year.


Prices for whole dressed chicken
as of  Nov 25(in Thai baht/kg)

Prices for whole dressed chicken
as of  Dec 2(in Thai baht/kg)

(in Thai baht/kg)

Supermarkets (Bangkok)




Public markets (Bangkok)




Public markets (Suburbs)




Farm gate 




US$1=THB 30.83 (Dec 5, 2011)



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