Saudi Arabia: Poultry and Products Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   SA2021-0010

In 2020, Post estimates poultry production in Saudi Arabia was 900,000 metric tons (MT) with that total jumping to 910,000 MT in 2021 based on official data released by the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) as well as discussions with major poultry producers. According to MEWA, the Kingdom's domestic production reached a 60 percent self-sufficiency level in 2020, and there are plans to collaborate with the private sector to increase that level to more than 85 percent by 2030. Complete export data for major exporting countries for Jan-May 2021 shows that Saudi Arabia imported 304,564 MT of chicken meat, an increase of about 34 percent over the same period last year. However, the import ban that the Saudi government imposed in June 2021 on several Brazilian exporting facilities is expected to reduce total chicken meat imports to 520,000 MT in 2021, a decrease of nearly 16 percent compared to 617,930 MT in 2020.

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