Poland a poultry leader in Europe

Over half the poultry slaughtered in Poland goes for export, mostly to EU countries. /PAP

Production of chicks in Poland has again broken records, with hatcheries delivering almost 122 million one-day-old chicks in October. As a consequence, the supply of chickens is increasing and Poland is strengthening its position as a poultry leader in Europe.

"We've broken the record for chick production for the third time this year," said Katarzyna Gawronska, director of the National Chamber of Poultry Producers and Feed (KIPDiP). "Earlier it happened in April and August."

In the director's opinion, Poland's slaughter potential would allow the market absorption of even more chickens, but foreign demand is growing far more slowly than Polish production capacity. "Insufficient demand and price competition on export markets are causing producers' margins to shrink, which doesn't enable the national production of chicks and livestock to achieve the potential that poultry facilities have," Gawronska explained.

Poland is a major poultry exporter and the result is a great success, but if foreign buyers cannot be found for the growing production, then the Polish poultry sector could face problems, according to the KIPDiP director.

Over half the poultry slaughtered in Poland goes for export, mostly to EU countries. From January until the end of September this year, 1.072 million tonnes of poultry meat was exported from Poland, including 894,000 tonnes of chicken meat worth EUR 1.406 billion.