Romania increases poultry meat exports due to high soybean meal imports


After entering EU in 2007 Romanian animal-breeding sector encountered various problems, including    tough competition on the domestic EU market between producers of high-quality and reasonably priced meat, as well as with the necessity  to reorganize their own production in accordance with the new EU standards.

Many small sized private farms, which outnumber large commercial meat producing enterprises in Romania, were not able to adapt quickly to the new business environment. As a result market of Romania began to receive high volumes of imported meat, reports UkrAgroConsult. Along with this, cattle and swine inventory began to decrease steeply as famers were losing interest to animal breeding for meat at the background of higher costs for meat production.  

Thus, from 2007 to 2015 cattle inventory decreased by 28% and beef export volumes, which had been minor before, started to go down. Situation of the Romanian pork market was quite similar to beef market. Over the same period swine inventory was seen at the level of 25%.

The situation was the most successful on poultry market as modernization costs were more reasonable compared to tough conditions in beef and pork production sectors, which contributed to growth in poultry production.

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