Poultry production in Ukraine in 2012 may increase by 3-5% compared with the level of 2011, stated the Union of Poultry Farmers of Ukraine board of directors chairman Alexander Bakumenko.
"We expect that production growth rate will be small –about 3-5%," he added. He also noted that in 2011 domestic poultry production was 1 million tonnes of poultry against 953.5 tonnes in 2010 - up by 5%.
According to experts, it is the low purchasing power of the citizens that forms the main stumbling blockto the growth of the industry. Because of this, in the first half of 2011, poultry farmers were forced to sell products at prices below cost.
"In the first half of 2011 the companies sold products at a loss, and then they would raise prices a bit and went to a small margin," said Bakumenko. This year the prices for poultry meat will be stable. If there will be no force majeure, they will remain at current levels. Fluctuations may not exceed 2-3%." Bakumenko also believes that it is imperative for the poultry industry to develop the export of their products.
According to him, in 2011, Ukraine exported nearly 50 thousand tonnes of poultry meat compared to 33 thousand tonness in 2010. "Further development of the export market will depend on what will be the relations of Ukraine with the Customs Union as the main markets for Ukrainian poultry producers - Russia and Kazakhstan," said Bakumenko. He also noted that Ukraine is also developing its poultry product exports to new markets, particularly the markets of Southeast Asia.