Turkey's red meat production increased in Q1
Total red meat production of Turkey has grown by 9% in the first quarter of the year compared to 2017 Q1, reports TurkStat. The volume was estimated at 253,341 tons of which 130,960 tons were slaughtered, shows the statistical report.
However, the figures show a decrease of 14.2% compared to the last quarter of 2017. Cattle meat production is also 14.7% lower from the volume registered at the end of the year but with 6.7% higher when compared with the statistics reported in the first quarter of 2017. Total production of cattle meat is estimated at 221,617 tons.
Sheepmeat has marked an increase by 3.9% from the previous quarter and by 44.9% on year-to-year basis reaching a total of 27,053 tons.
Last year, Turkey reported a decrease by 3.97% in its meat production to 1.12 million tons. To revive the livestock in the country and to diminish sheep meat imports the government is running a program of distributing 300 sheep to every farmer that is going to have a buy-back form for the next two years. "If we provide 300 sheep and a year later they give birth to 300 lambs, breeders will keep those lambs and the state will buy back the sheep to redistribute to another farmer", declared the Agriculture and Livestock Minister Ahmet Eşref Fakıbaba at the beginning of 2018.
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