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Polish chicken meat exports collapse due to overproduction and bird flu

In the Polish poultry industry, prices have fallen tens of percent in recent days due to oversupply. The export of chicken meat already involves losses.

Because the first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu has now been officially confirmed in Poland, new blows are expected on Polish poultry exports.

Prices are on average about 33% lower than last year, according to the Polish National Chamber of Poultry and Feed Producers. . Although the bad situation of Polish poultry is partly related to the corona pandemic, the Polish industry itself contributed to this bad situation, according to agricultural consultants at the Dutch embassy in Warsaw.

After the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, poultry production was reduced in most European countries, but Poland increased their poultry production. According to Eurostat data, the industrial slaughter of poultry in Poland this year already amounted to 1761 thousand tons, an increase of 3,43% compared to the same period last year.

According to the poultry market analysts, there are even greater threats to the poultry industry in Poland. The first challenge concerns Brexit. Great Britain is the second largest importer of Polish poultry, which will almost certainly have to be paid import duties next year.

The second challenge concerns the continued ban on the use of GMO raw materials in animal feed in Poland. Just earlier this week, the Polish parliament extended (for the fifth time) the temporary authorization for the use of genetically modified chicken feed.

Also, Polish politicians have still not decided on a new stricter animal welfare law that would largely end slaughter without stunning. As a result, such threats still float above the market, posing significant risk to developing future strategies for the agricultural sector.

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