The average monthly production of Venezuelan chicken in 2011 was about 80,000 metric tons, and it should increase to 86,400 metric tons in 2012, according to the Venezuelan Poultry Federation, FENAVI (Federación Venezolana de Avicultura). The average production of eggs for human consumption during 2011 was 1.18 million boxes of 360 units and it is estimated to increase about four percent in 2012.

The total per-capita consumption of all meat in Venezuela is approximately 73.5 kg. About 53 percent of this amount is provided by the chicken sector (38.96 kg per capita per year). Poultry consumption is increasing faster than that of beef and pork because poultry remains relatively inexpensive compared to other sources of animal protein, according to FENAVI.

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All poultry imports are carried out by the government of Venezuela, largely from Brazil. Imports of poultry meat were reported at 226,181 tons during 2011 and are estimated to increase in 2012. January to June imports reached 117,475 tons.

Domestic eggs and poultry remain under a price control policy, though according to industry sources, the controlled retail price for poultry products does not fully compensate for increasing costs of production. The poultry sector represents 30 percent of Venezuela’s total agricultural gross domestic product and over 48 percent of its animal production. Poultry production is the most important component of Venezuela’s agricultural production by value, with 24 percent of the total. The government continues to play an active role as a poultry supplier and importer through its state-owned food distribution networks.