Poultry production increased in Turkey in 2017, according to figures released recently by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).
TurkStat revealed that Turkish broiler meat production increased by 12.9 percent on a year-over-year basis in 2017, according to a report from AA.com, amounting to 2.1 million tons.
It was also revealed that egg production in the country increased 6.6 percent when compared to the production figures of 2016.
The country also experienced increases in the amount of chickens and turkeys slaughtered. An estimated 1.23 billion chickens were slaughtered in Turkey in 2017, representing an uptick of 11 percent, while the number of turkeys slaughtered in the country in 2017 was 5.1 million, an increase of 9.7 percent when compared to 2016 figures.
The heightened production of poultry in Turkey had been anticipated, as the Turkish poultry industry had experienced setbacks due to avian influenza in 2016.
Speaking at the 4th International Poultry Meat Congress in Antalya, Turkey, in April 2017, Dr. Sait Koca, president of the Turkish Poultry Meat and Breeders Association (BESD-BIR), told delegates that the poultry industry outlook is positive, both in the short-term and the long-term.
At the time, Koca said consumption levels are on track for per capita poultry meat consumption to reach the global average by 2025. Kocha added that there still remains a large potential for poultry consumption in the country to rise and for poultry meat production to grow.