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Decline of the Venezuelan Chicken Industry

09/08/2021

According to USDA-FAS GAIN Report VE2021-0008 released on August 30th, chicken production in Venezuela increased from 2019 by 34 percen  to a level of 0.36 million metric tons in 2020.  Imports were negligible at 4,000 metric tons.  Although there was a year-over-year increase, the volume of domestic production is far below the 2014 production of 1.16 million metric tons supplemented by imports amounting to 240,000 metric tons.  The contraction from 2015 onwards followed the decline in the economy caused by gross mismanagement by a extreme socialist government.  The FAS estimates that 30 private companies continue to produce chicken and eggs, but are limited in their volume and productivity by inflation, lack of foreign exchange to import, pharmaceuticals, biologics, and additives and deterioration in infrastructure coupled with Government corruption and control over all aspects of operations.

 

Chicken consumption declined from a high of 99 lbs. per capita in 2014 to a low of 16 lbs. in 2018, albeit with some recovery to 29 lbs. in 2020.  Whole chicken at $0.97 per lb. represents the cheapest animal protein available and can be compared to pork legs at $1.70 per lb., ground beef at $1.40 per lb. and high-quality beef cuts at $2.02 per lb. mostly out of reach of average consumers.


 
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