Turkish Feed and Poultry Industries Provide Growing Opportunity for U.S. Soy

By - Sunday, February 25, 2018

Feed production in Turkey increased 10 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 production, reaching over 22.4 million tons. During the same period, broiler feed production reached 4.8 millions tons, increasing 4 percent, and layer feed reached 3.4 million tons, a 14 percent increase. When also including other poultry feeds, poultry feed total production resulted in 8.9 million tons in 2017, a 7 percent increase. Ruminant feed production hit 13 million tons, a 12 percent increase compared to 2016. Fish feed production reached 530,000 tons, an 11 percent increase.

Turkey ranks eighth in the world for chicken meat production. Approximately 2.2 million tons of chicken meat and 54,000 tons of turkey meat were produced in Turkey in 2016. All poultry meats totaled 2.4 million tons of poultry meat. The 2025 production target is set at 3.5 million tons.

In 2017, the consumption of red meat decreased from 14.8 kilograms (kg) to 13.2 kg, while consumption of poultry meat increased from 23.2 kg to 24.8 kg. In 1990, Turkey’s consumption of red and poultry meat per capita was 12.0 kg in 1990, but reached 38.0 kg in 2017. In 2017, the world average was 42.6 kg with developed countries’ average at 78 kg. By 2025, consumption of poultry meat per capita in Turkey is estimated to be 32.9 kg. Turkey’s poultry industry is growing rapidly by the year.

Turkey’s soy consumption is around 2.5 million tons annually. Based on the number for 2025 targets, it will reach around 4 million tons, providing an excellent opportunity for U.S. Soy. Because of this potential growth, USSEC supports the Turkish feed and poultry industries. Its activities in Turkey have poised the organization to take an important place in the growth of the Turkish poultry industry to increase U.S. market share.