Turkish poultry exports fell 17% in 2015 June 2, 2016
Turkey is the world's 9th largest poultry producer. Poultry sector revenue in 2014 was $ 4.5 billion in Turkey and there was increase in domestic poultry production, consumption and especially exportation. In 2015, exports reached over $450 million despite avian influenza outbreaks and turmoil in the region. The number of broilers in 2015 reached 214 million with 6.8 percent increase compared with the previous year. The number of laying hens in 2015 reached 99 million with 5.2 percent increase compared with the previous year. Insufficient feed available has been a problematic issue for poultry production and targeted production in the future, as well. The poultry sector has encountered many problems in raw material importation for feed due to the Biosafety Law and its regulation. According to the Turkish Poultry Meat Producers and Breeders Association (BESD-BIR), sector increased by 8.8 percent in 2014. However Turkish poultry exports have declined 17 percent in quantity in 2015 because of the geopolitical problems and avian influenza outbreaks.
Turkey is the world's 9th largest poultry producer. Poultry sector revenue in 2014 was $ 4.5 billion in Turkey and there was increase in domestic poultry production, consumption and especially for exportation. In 2015 it has reached to over $450 million despite of avian influenza outbreaks and turmoil in the region.
Turkey poultry animal data by species
Source: Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), 2016
The number of broilers in 2015 reached approximately 214 million with a 6.8 percent increase compared with the previous year. The number of laying hens in 2015 reached 99 million with 5.2 percent increase compared with the previous year. The number of turkeys in 2015 reached to 2.8 million with 5.4 percent decrease compared with the previous year.
Poultry Meat Production
Poultry production facilities are mainly located in the north-west and west of Turkey, which is close to the concentration of consumers, as well as to the customs gates where the raw feed materials are imported.
According to the Turkish Poultry Meat Producers and Breeders Association (BESD-BIR), total poultry meat production including broiler, turkey and the other poultry meat (backyard poultry and meat from laying hens) in 2014 was about 2 million MT and the sector increased by 8.8 percent.
Turkey: Poultry meat production (MT)
Backyard and Laying Hens
According to Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkSTAT), broiler meat production was 1,895 MMT and turkey production was 48,663 MT in 2014. In 2015, broiler meat production has stagnated and realized 1,910 MMT. Broiler meat has 93 percent share in Turkey`s total poultry meat production.
Shortages of affordable feed inputs has been problematic issue for poultry production and the sector anticipates it will continue to be an issue to reach their goals for increased production in the future, as well. Each problem encountered in supplying feed material to the sector has caused production costs to increase and it might be impossible to compete with other exporting countries. The poultry sector has encountered many problems in raw material importation for feed due to the Biosafety Law and its regulation. On the other hand, Turkish Biosafety Board has recently approved a few more corn and soybean events and their products for feed use in Turkey. The new implementation has relieved the Turkish poultry sector some and given hope they can continue production targets, though import problems still remain due to the law.
The new implementation period for a law on poultry feeding which would impact the Turkish poultry sector will come into force on January 1, 2017. The Turkish poultry sector is still concerned that if the use of poultry by-products as feed is not allowed, they won't be able to import a sufficient amount of soybeans as a substitute because of Turkey's current Biosafety Legislation.
While the price of meat is at an all-time high, so too is the price of feed. As seen from the table, in 2014, the price of feed rose more compared to the rise in price of meat, showing that the poultry sector has been struggling with economic issues even more than the previous years, and added to this high feed price is upcoming policy changes and trouble in export markets.
As part of Turkey's EU harmonization process, in 2012 the use of mechanical separated meat (MSM) became prohibited to be used in restaurants, hotels and catering companies. It is also prohibited to sell MSM directly to customers within the country. This is according to national legislation (Turkish Food Codex- Meat and Meat Preparation Communique, No: 2012/74). MSMs are derived from chest cage, neck and back part of poultry and account for 40 percent of a total poultry carcass. Turkey produced 121,827 MT of this type of meat in 2012, worth $122 million, and the value was crucial for the poultry sector. The share of MSMs in the total poultry production was 7 percent and the prohibition of selling this meat domestically has severely impacted to poultry sector. However, shipping of MSM produced for the purpose of export between approved establishments within the country is allowed. The majority of this type of meat is exported to Iraq.
Manure derived from the last stage of poultry production is considered an important issue by the sector however there is no improved model for utilizing manure in Turkey. Sector believes that the issue in question would be solved with the subsidies by giving supports to possible investors to establish new facilities to utilize the manure for another purpose such as for bioenergy. The sector would like to utilize manure as an energy source however the Ministry of Environment considers manure as a waste while the MinFAL considers it as a fertilizer.
According to the sector, the number of hen coops should be under control for operating the system more efficiently, raw materials for feed should be available and sector profits should be sustainable in order to reach future production targets.
Turkey surpasses the European Union in per capita consumption of broiler meat, with 19.39 kg per capita consumed in 2013 and 21 kg per capita in 2014. Broiler meat has the biggest share of total poultry consumption. Turkey meat consumption has been at certain level for many years, the consumption per capita was 0.9 kg in 2014. Poultry meat preference is mostly drumstick, which has a 40 percent market share.
According to poultry sector in Turkey, there is no decrease of domestic consumption because of the HPAI outbreaks seen in spring months 2015. However consumers confuse on poultry meat consumption since there has been media news about GM fed and rapidly growing chickens. For this reason, revival of interest to free range raised or organic chickens has been increased.
Poultry consumption varies according to geographical region of Turkey, income level, marital status, living areas as urban/rural and life style. While the highest per capita consumption amount is calculated for Aegean Region, the lowest is calculated for Eastern Anatolia Region since feeder cattle breeding/ consumption is most popular in there.
Turkish poultry exports have declined 17 percent in quantity in 2015 because of the geopolitical problems and avian influenza outbreaks. The rapid devaluation of Turkey's currency by 21 percent drop in 2015 against many foreign currencies has had a major impact on feed costs for poultry producers. This has increased the cost of imported feed items and production. Additionally there have been serious problems on raw material import because of genetically engineered (GE) product contamination, whereby low levels or dust of GE corn or soy varieties which aren't approved for use in Turkey are found in shipments and can cause rejection of the entire shipment. These rejections increase the risk to feed importers, disrupt a steady supply of feed for the poultry sector, and eventually increase the cost of feed inputs for the sector. Although the avian influenza outbreaks were not seen in the commercial broiler flocks, the Turkish poultry export came to a stopping point in 2015 because Iraq banned Turkish poultry imports following the HPAI outbreaks.
Exportation is mainly to Iraq with almost 50 percent of total export value, and to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. The main good of exportation is poultry meat and according to Turkish Statistic Institute (TUIK), the export value of poultry meat (fresh/chilled or frozen) was $607 million in 2013. In 2014, Turkey exported 411 MMT of poultry and poultry products mostly to Iraq, and foreign currency inflow was $668 million. In 2015, Turkey exported 339 MMT poultry worth with $441 million.
Turkish poultry sector believes that poultry products export will resume at their previous pace in 2016 if Turkey does not face any HPAI cases.
Exporters of poultry are able to utilize Turkey's inward processing regime to import feed inputs without taxes, or purchase them from the Turkish Grain Board at world prices, up to a certain amount dependent upon how much they have exported.
Avian Influenza in Turkey
The first Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) case was seen in a turkey breeding establishment in the northwest of Turkey, Balikesir Province, on October 2005. Turkey also confronted HPAI cases mostly in the Western part of Black sea region and Marmara region in 2007 and 2008. The final report was published in 2009 at World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) declaring Turkey free from HPAI. However after the notifications of HPAI outbreaks from May 2015, Iraq and Israel stopped importing poultry and poultry products from Turkey. Half of Turkey's poultry product exports are to Iraq, and the economic losses resulting from the recent 2015 avian influenza outbreaks is estimated to be $410 million for Turkey.
After the negotiations with Iraq following the HPAI outbreak ended, Turkish poultry export resumed, however then avian influenza outbreaks began in North Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan Region). On January 25, 2016, the Iraq Council of Ministers in Bagdad announced a ban on the “import" of poultry and poultry products from, or transported through, the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) due to avian influenza outbreaks. The ban includes all poultry products originating in the IKR as well as those passing through the Ibrahim Khalil border gate from Turkey into Iraq. Turkish poultry sector has started negotiations with Iraq Government in Bagdad to allow Turkish poultry passing through the Ibrahim Khalil border gate into Iraq as they don't want to lose the Iraq market again in 2016. In February 2016, North Iraq gate (Habur) has been opened and Turkish poultry export has again been initiated to Iraq. However the sector believes that the situation will be remain uncertain.
Russia continued to import poultry and poultry products from the establishments as being declared free from HPAI by the MinFAL. However, after Russian downed jet in November, 2015 Russia has since stopped importing poultry and poultry products from Turkey. Turkey has a minor market share (only 2 percent) for poultry meat exportation to Russia. Until October, they export 22,000 MT (8.5 million $) poultry meat to Russia in 2015. The sector and officials do not believe Turkish poultry sector will be affected Russian poultry ban.
Turkish poultry sector has required MinFAL to implement regionalization on animal diseases and to re-initiate the negotiations with European Union (EU) to export poultry meat and products to European countries. Eight facilities which are located in the West Black Sea and Western part of Turkey are authorized to export poultry products to EU however, Turkey does not meet the EU animal health criteria on raw poultry meat since Turkey has not completed its regionalization policy on poultry diseases. Since Turkey does not meet the animal health criteria for EU, poultry products even if they are processed are not able to export to EU.
U.S. poultry products transiting through Turkey to Iraq:
Turkey has imposed partial bans on U.S. poultry and poultry imports since an outbreak of avian influenza (AI) was discovered in December. The banned states are Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Montana, Michigan and Indiana. Although U.S. has informed to MinFAL regarding AI close-out reports submitted to the OIE for the 15 states (excluding Indiana), Turkey has not yet lifted the ban on U.S. products for poultry products from those 14 states.
In 2014, 61,439 MT of U.S. poultry products transited through Turkey to Iraq, while in 2015 this number dropped to 38,698 MT. The Turkish companies operating transit from Mersin Port to Iraq have had difficulties since December 2014 when Turkish Ministry of Economy's new implementation regarding the ban on storing poultry meat in transit in the warehouses. There has been a 50 percent decrease on transit for all goods in trade. For poultry consignments to Iraq, the companies had 100-125 containers per day of poultry meat consignment (Each container has approximately 22-24 tons of meat) before the ban. The implementation has affected all poultry consignments transiting via Turkey. Currently, Warehouses Associations have been trying to change the implementation by negotiating with General Directorate of Customs in Turkey.
After the implementation of this ban on storing poultry in warehouses went into effect in December 2014, companies started to send products into Mersin free trade zone since they have difficulties to send the products in one shipment from the Mersin port to Iraq. The products are stored in the warehouses in the free zone. The other struggle is turmoil in the region, uncertainty on whether Iraq border gates will be closed or not, and high custom taxes (up to 150%). The companies believe that trade with Iraq is at a stagnation point because of the recent situation in the area.
Turkey doesn't import poultry meat from any country since the sector is self-sufficient. Turkey only imports breeding grandparent day old chicks, some quantity of parent stock day old chicks and breeding hatching eggs as well. Commercial poultry meat and egg production is being operated in the country.
Poultry Export Subsidies: These subsidies are given to the producers in order to increase Turkey`s poultry export and to give necessary supports to the sector.
- 143.5 TL/tonnage for poultry meat,
- 225 TL/tonnage for poultry products including cans
- 19.5 TL/1000 units for eggs, however if exported eggs are for breeding or hatching the payment is made 50 percent more.
Low Interest Loan Subsidies for investors: This subsidy is given to the investors who are willing to deal with poultry operation in the country.
- Working capital loan and investment credit to the tune of 7.5 million TL; 100 percent low interest to the investors who will be operating the breeding poultry facility.
- 50 percent low interest of investment credit and 25 percent low interest of working capital loan to the tune of 1 million TL; to the investors who will be operating the commercial poultry facility.
- 50 percent low interest of investment credit and 75 percent low interest of working capital loan to the tune of 1 million TL; to the investors who will be operating the commercial turkey facility.
(1 TL: $ 2.9 as of 2/26/2016)
Subsidies within the scope of Rural Development Program (IPARD): The EU subsidies are given to the producers who are willing to operate commercial poultry meat, laying hens and goose breeding as well.
Insurance (TARSIM): Poultry animals have been included within the scope of TARSIM (Agricultural Insurance Pool) since 2005.