As Iran faces the real possibility of a public uprising revolution, with over 15 000 protesters imprisoned with the possibility of execution (atleast 378 people have been killed so far), Iranian poultry exports are expected to increase as surrounding regions are affected by bird flu shortages. Kuwait has asked its customs authorities to lift a ban on poultry imports from Iran.

Iranian meat industry

131,891 tonnes of poultry meat were produced in Iran’s official slaughterhouses in October 2022. This is a decrease of 19% compared to the corresponding period last year. Chickens accounted for 129,697 tons or 98.3% of total production, while other poultry species such as turkey, quail, ostrich and partridge accounted for 2,194 tons or 1.7% of total poultry production.

A total of 54,455 tonnes of red meat was produced in Iran’s official slaughterhouses in the month ended 22 October, a six-fold increase in production compared to the previous month and a 4% year-on-year increase.

Beef accounted for 25,151 tonnes, or 46.2% of total meat production, down 8% from the previous year. 24,464 tons of lamb (up 18% year-on-year), 3,868 tons of goat meat (down 12% year-on-year) and 972 tons of meat of other species was produced in the month.

Iran’s grain production is estimated to rise 16% in 2022 compared to last year to reach 19.5 million tons. Iran’s grain imports are forecast to decline from an estimated 21.6 million tons in the fiscal 2021-22 to 18.3 million tons in the fiscal 2022-23.

Wheat production is forecast to rise from an estimated 10.4 million tons in 2021 to 13 million tons in 2022, with the 2018-20 average annual at 14.3 million tons. Imports are forecast to decline from an estimated 7.9 million tons in 2021-22 to 5 million tons in the fiscal 2022-23, with the 2018-19 to 2020-21 average annual at 5 million tons.

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