What's New ? - 2020

What's New ? - 2020

Saudi Arabia: Poultry production

Gain report: SA2020-0013 23 September, 2020

Estimated Saudi 2019 and 2020 chicken meat production is increased to 800,000 and 930,000 MT,respectively. Now that the Kingdom’s domestic production exceeds the targeted 60 percent self-sufficiency level, the government is trying to increase the self-sufficiency level to 80 percent by 2025. 
An outbreak of avian influenza (H5N8) in layer farms in early February 2020 reduced the country’s table egg production by approximately 30 percent. Once stocks were depleted, the country experienced an egg shortage and the retail price of table eggs increased by more than 50 percent. The shortage was compounded by increased in-home consumption due to COVID 19.
Saudi per capita poultry meat consumption in 2019 is estimated at 40kg - high compared to other animal proteins (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).
Saudi Arabia is a surplus table egg producer and a significant exporter to GCC countries. It has been exporting eggs for more than two decades.  Currently available data shows that the Kingdom produced more than 5.2 billion table eggs in 2018, an increase of about one percent compared to 2017.  In 2019, the Kingdom exported 5,822 MT of table eggs a decrease of 8 percent compared to total exports in 2018. The eggs were exported to the GCC countries- 58 percent to Bahrain, 22 percent to UAE, 15 percent to Oman and 4 percent to Kuwait. The Saudi table egg sector is highly developed and has been relatively more successful than the chicken sector.