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and this intervention is thought to have made significant
pected to continue dragging consumption down. With a
contributions to rising output levels over recent years.
local preference for fresh or chilled birds, the decline in
While the government may offer help with vaccines,
population will particularly affect importers of poultry
equipment, feed and other input costs, purchasing land in the kingdom is reported to be
difficult and subject to a variety of restrictions,
Middle East, African poultry industry growth
and this is believed to be holding back smaller
producers in particular.
Additionally, concerns over the depletion
of water reserves have resulted in restrictions
on crop production, notes the Food and Agriculture
meat, which tends to be frozen.
Organization. Cultivation of wheat was phased out in
Approximately half of the poultry meat consumed in
2016, and green forage crops will be phased out by
Saudi Arabia is imported. However, last year saw import
2019, meaning that livestock producers are becomvolumes decrease by 11 percent.
ing more reliant on imports. The government also is
looking to better balance its books and cut back on
Saudi Arabia is 114 percent self sufficient in eggs,
Consumption of broiler meat in the country is
and exports about 15 percent of production. The industhought to have fallen last year, due to a large number
try is highly developed and produced 5.1 billion table
of expats leaving the country. These departures are exeggs in 2016, an increase of 2 percent. ■
VIV MEA 2018
FEBRUARY 5-7, ABU DHABI, U. A. E.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOW
FROM FEED TO FOOD FOR THE
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
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