Domestic poultry production and consumption is expected to continue expanding in 2012 and 2013.
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GAIN Report Number: VE1211
Poultry and Products Annual
Poultry Annual Report
David W. Cottrell
Domestic poultry production and consumption is expected to continue expanding in 2012 and 2013,
although imports will take a large share of the market as domestic output is pressured by fixed output
prices and high feed costs. The Government continues to play an active role as a poultry supplier and
importer through its state-owned food distribution networks.
According to the Venezuelan Poultry Federation, FENAVI, (Federación Venezolana de Avicultura) the average
monthly production of chicken in 2011 was about 80,000 metric tons and it should increase to 86,400 metric tons
in 2012. The average production of eggs for human consumption during 2011 was 1,180,000 boxes of 360 units
and it is estimated to increase about four percent in 2012.
According to FENAVI the total per capita consumption of all meat in Venezuela is approximately 73.5 kg.
About 53 percent of this amount is provided by the chicken sector (38.96 kg per capita per year). Poultry
consumption is increasing faster than that of beef and pork because poultry remains relative inexpensive
compared to other sources of animal protein.
All poultry imports are carried out by the Government of Venezuela, largely from Brazil. Imports of poultry
meat were reported at 226,181 tons during 2011 and are estimated to increase in 2012. Government poultry
imports from Brazil are subject to neither tariff nor custom charges, and do not require foreign exchange
Eggs and poultry remain under a price control policy. According to industry sources, the controlled retail price
for poultry products does not fully compensate for increasing costs of production. The Government continues to
play an active role as a poultry supplier and importer through its state-owned food distribution networks.
Poultry, Meat, Broiler
Venezuela produces and consumes only small amounts of duck and turkey. Therefore, the majority of the poultry
referred to in this report is chicken.
Venezuela is one of the largest poultry producers in South America. According to FENAVI, the average monthly
production of chicken in 2011 was about 80,000 metric tons and it estimated to increase to 86,400 metric tons in
2012. Average production of eggs for human consumption during 2011 was 1,180,000 boxes of 360 units. The
poultry sector tries to continue to improve despite the policies of controlled prices, which does not allow
producers to raise prices in step with growing production costs. So far, the industry investment continues, as
producers strive to use modern technology to remain viable.
DOMESTIC LEVEL OF PRODUCTION OF THE POULTRY CHAIN – First Quarter 2011
Animal feed for birds 261,000 MT monthly
Active population of breeding hens 10,629,000 adult birds
Active population of Laying hens 14,241,000 adult birds
BB chick production for fattening 40,954,000 units
Production of laying BB chicks 1,476,000 units
Production of BB chicks for reproduction 1,064,000 units
Monthly production of eggs for consumption 339,620,400 units
Monthly production of chicken meat 82,766,000 Kg
Source: Venezuelan Poultry Federation, FENAVI
Item Production in 2011/ Estimated growth of 8% for production
and populations in 2012
Grandparents population, heavy range 242,679 (units)
Population of breeding BB 1,323,477 (monthly rotating units)
Active population of broiler breeders 5,554,500 (units)
Fertile eggs, 90% domestic 10% 50,499,855 (monthly units)
BB chick production for fattening 46,759,126 (monthly rotating units)
Chicken meat production 1,084,465 (metric tons)
Grandparents population, light range 17,250 (units)
BB seed stock posture 20% domestic 370,300 (units)
BB chicks population for laying 1,595,222 (monthly rotating units)
Active population of Laying hens 17,610,280 (units)
Egg production for human consumption 11,834,414 (boxes of 360 units each one)
Source: Venezuelan Poultry Federation, FENAVI
The poultry sector is strong, organized, vertically integrated, and well-managed. Those attributes are key to
sustained production growth in spite of a price control policy which does not allow producers to raise prices along
their costs of production and competition from increased government imports of Brazilian poultry.
The Venezuelan poultry sector continues modernizing operations and equipment and a large number of
businesses attend leading poultry events such as the Atlanta Poultry Show to buy new technology. According to
FENAVI, 80 percent of domestic farms currently use conventional methods for raising chicken and only 20
percent have controlled environments such as bio-climatic warehouses that increase breeding and growth rates.
Producers think that a 50 percent increase in the number of this type of facilities would bring an increase of at
least 30 percent in the production of chicken meat.
Currently, the poultry sector as represents 30 percent of Venezuela’s total agricultural GDP and over 48 percent
of the animal production. Poultry production is the most important component of Venezuela’s agricultural
production by value, with 24 percent of the total.
The government continues to play an active role as a poultry supplier and importer through its three state-owned
food distribution networks (Mercal, PDVAL and Bicentenario.)
According to FENAVI, total per capita consumption of all meat in Venezuela is approximately 73.5 kg. About
53 percent of this amount is provided by the chicken sector that is 38.96 kg per capita per year. Beef provides 33
percent and pork provides 14 percent. The domestic chicken consumption is positioned as the second largest in
Latin America after Brazil.
FENAVI estimated egg consumption in 2011 at 0.44 daily units per capita (13.47 units per month, 164 units per
year.) Poultry consumption is increasing faster than that of beef and pork because poultry remains inexpensive
relative to other sources of animal protein.
The poultry industry contributes about 61 percent of the protein of animal origin consumed by the Venezuelans.
The consumption of chicken meat is around 112 grams of protein per day more than double that of beef. About
80 per cent of the poultry produced in Venezuela is purchased fresh by households. The rest goes to the
processing sector for hams, sausages, frozen nuggets, and others.
Despite a strong domestic poultry sector capable of meeting domestic demand, whole poultry has been imported
from Brazil in the last six years (according to the trade.) All poultry imports are carried out by the Government
of Venezuela. Poultry imports from 2007 to 2012 have fluctuated, with the highest peak during 2008. During
2011 poultry imports were reported at 226,181 tons and are forecast to continue upward trend in 2012. January to
June imports are reported at 117,475 tons.
The major competitor to the Venezuelan domestic poultry industry is the Venezuelan Government through its
direct imports of Brazilian poultry. Government poultry imports from Brazil and Argentina origins are not
subject to tariff or custom charges, and do not require foreign exchange applications.
Colombia was previously the main supplier of poultry genetics to Venezuela but after commercial relations were
suspended in 2010, Brazil is now the primary supplier of baby chicks and fertile eggs for the poultry industry.
Argentina is also a supplier of genetics. Better relations have now allowed Colombia to resume exports of fertile
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (BRV) has imposed price controls on food products, including poultry and
eggs since February 2003. Over the years, the poultry industry has constantly requested price increases from the
Government, claiming they are losing money because these prices do not cover the production costs.
The controlled prices were last reviewed in July 2011. Poultry products offered through the Government’s
distribution network are even lower than controlled prices in commercial outlets.
Current prices for various types of poultry meat are set as follows:
Poultry Controlled Poultry Prices (Bs per Kilo)
Whole Leg Leg quarters,
boneless quarters boneless
Feb 2003 1.8 2.7 4.15 2.0 3.5
Feb 2004 2.3 3.3 not controlled not not controlled
Nov 2004 3.13 4.49 4.49 3.33 3.33
Feb 2007 4.45 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
Apr 2008 8.39 12.91 19.88 10.14 17.75
March 11.31 17.41 26.80 13.67 23.93
July 2011 15.61 24.03 37.0 18.87 33.02
Source: Venezuelan Official Gazettes
Note: 1 US$=Bs 4.30
Venezuela’s poultry producers work very closely with animal feed processors through vertical integration within
the industry. All animal feed is domestically produced from a combination of imported and domestic inputs but
due to insufficient domestic production of grains and other inputs, this sector relies on imports for their
operations. Yellow corn, yellow grease, and soybean meal are imported. Locally produced yellow corn is also
used by the animal feed processing industry.
In 2011, Venezuela imported 255,500 MT of soybean meal and January to July 2012 imports have surpassed
541,766 MT. Since poultry production is very important in this country and 70 to 75 percent of all the soybean
meal imported is used in poultry diets, any factor that affects poultry diet is very important to be considered by
US cooperators. Venezuela is the number one South American country that imports US soybean meal. The
situation with yellow corn is similar. In 2011 Venezuela imported a total 1,201,401 MT and January to June
2012 imports reached 1,216,695 MT.
PERCENTAGE OF DOMESTIC FEED PRODUCTION
POULTRY HOGS BOVINES OTHERS
77 % 17 % 5 % 1 %
The poultry sector will continue to look for quality improvement and cost reduction. Feed represents about 80
per cent of total production costs, which move with the price of imported inputs. Importers and feed
manufacturers are concerned about the price increases of commodities as a consequence of the drought in the