What's New ? - 2019

What's New ? - 2019

Poultry production in Saudi Arabia

GAIN Report No. SA1910 17 September, 2019

The Kingdom’s chicken meat production in 2019 is forecast at 730,000 MT, and is projected to increase to 750,000 MT in 2020. Almost all poultry meat produced in Saudi Arabia is chicken meat - with the exception of about 1,500 MT of quail meat produced by Astra Farms in Tabuk.
Chicken meat consumption this year is estimated at 1.33 million MT and is forecasted to reach 1.38 million MT in 2020. Total Saudi chicken meat imports in 2019 are likely to reach 630,000 MT and are projected at 660,000 MT for 2020. Saudi Arabia exported 30,000 MT of chicken meat in 2018; exports are projected to remain at this level in 2019 and 2020.
Chicken meat production costs in Saudi Arabia are relatively high because of the high cost ofcontrolling temperature in chicken houses under extremely hot weather conditions, and a heavy reliance on imported feed, vaccines, and equipment. In order to reduce production costs, the Saudi government provides several types of production support. These include subsidies for animal feed, and interest-free loans and rebates on the purchase of certain poultry equipment.