Poultry: Iran's second largest industry

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The poultry industry is one of the largest and fastest growing agro-industries worldwide. This can be accredited to an increasing demand for poultry meat and egg products. The poultry industry has tremendous potential of making value addition, which is evident from successful operation of world-renowned food chains. Iran’s Agriculture accounts for 20 percent of GDP. Iran's livestock and poultry section contribute 31% of agricultural value added and also 4.5% of GDP.

The poultry sector is one of the most organized and vibrant segments of the agriculture industry of Iran. This sector generates direct and indirect employment and income for about million people. Day old chicken and poultry meat production is 2 billion bird and 2 million tons in 2012. Its contribution in GNP is % 1.2. Iranian's contribution of meat consumption is 40% of yearly income through oil export which is around $ 65 billion. Currently the turnover of Iran poultry industry is about $ 2 billion. Poultry industry has flourished over the last few decades. Now it is the country's second-largest industry next to oil industry. Iran is the largest producer of poultry meat in neighboring countries and ninth largest producer in the world, thanks to a 753% growth in meat production from 195 thousand tons in 1978 to 1468 thousand tons in 2008-09, which is 2 million and 100 thousand tons in 2012. Broilers are the major source of meat supply in the country.

F. Mirzaei1,*, S. Mostafavi2

Senior Researcher, Animal Science Research Institute of Iran, Karaj, 31585, Iran

Senior Expert, WPSA –Iran Branch Secretary

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Keywords; Poultry production, Investment, Industry, Iran