You might hear a new trade body referenced over coming conversation about poultry trade, especially if you are talking about the chicken business in the Arab world, and that name will be The Union of Arab Poultry Producers, or the UAPP.

This new association comprises representatives from the various poultry producer associations in: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

Significant player

While perhaps no one individual country is a worldwide name for its industry, combined, the grouping produced 979 million birds in 2019, more than India and putting it into the top 10 of the world’s leading producers, according to data from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Demand for chicken meat is expected to continue growing within member countries, particularly in the quick service restaurant and other catering sectors.

The USAPP, to be headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has, amongst its goals, to help poultry farmers in member countries to improve production through workshops and training and to organize conferences. Membership is open to poultry farmers, poultry associations and related research centers in all parts of the Arab world.

For those companies that do not fulfill the membership conditions, associated membership is available, or alternatively sponsorship, or golden sponsorship. The UAPP will hold its first official meeting at EuroTier Middle East in March next year.