In 1392 - the Iranian year equivalent to 21 March 2013 to 20 March 2014 - Iran produced 2.15 mill. t of poultry, a rise of about 12% yearon-year. Active support from the state has made this growth possible as the government considers the poultry production industry as crucial to society.
According to Abbas Recai, chairman of the Majlis at the Iran Islamic Council on Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources, Iran currently produces about 2.15 mill. t of table poultry and 900,000 of eggs, to the value of $377 mill.
Iran initiated active support for poultry meat farmers in the second half of 2012, when sanctions by Western countries led to a deficit of table poultry in country. Prices jumped by 25%, which led to the public riots. However, according to Iranian experts, the country has successfully overcome the consequences of sanctions on the meat industry.
In addition, according to Hossein Mokaddamniya, head of the Nationwide Association of Poultry Farmers, the country can guarantee that the crisis in 2012 will not recur. He said the current price for 1kg of table poultry remained stable at $4.20, which is appropriate for local consumers.
He also noted that the country was looking to become an exporter of poultry. According to him, the country could already supply about 100,000 t of poultry per year for exports, mainly to neighbouring countries. In particular, one major purchaser of poultry could be Syria, where the meat industry is hampered by the ongoing civil war.
Source: Iran Islamic Council on Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources