Poultry farmers in Bosnia and Herzegovina have seen a major decline in poultry sales at markets in the first half of this year. In the same period, poultry slaughters increased year-on-year.

A total of 7.56 million head of poultry of a total net weight of 10,249 metric tons were slaughtered in abattoirs in the first half of this year, 6.8% more and 8.5% higher respectively than in the same period in 2008, according to Bosnia's Federal Statistics Office.

Sales of poultry and eggs at agricultural markets in the January to June period were 31.7% lower year-on-year at BAM1.98 million (US$1.45 million). Of this total value, eggs accounted for a value of BAM1.43 million (US$1.05 million), 39.3% lower year-on-year.