Kurdistan produces 60,000 metric tons of poultry meat annually, and expects to increase that number to 100,000 metric tons by 2013, according to the region's Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Since January, nearly 25,000 metric tons of poultry meat has been produced, said Director of animal resources Ramazan Karim. Egg production in the region is roughly 520 million eggs per year — a number which is supplemented by imports from neighboring countries, said Karim. Kurdistan currently has 1,000 poultry projects.