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Poland faces crisis in the poultry sector
The largest poultry producer in the European Union, Poland was hardly hit by COVID-19 crisis. According to a report by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), the demand for poultry meat has dropped dramatically in HRI markets (hotels, restaurants and institutions), especially in the United Kingdom and Germany, countries that import Polish protein.
Besides COVID-19, Poland fight to contain avian influenza outbreaks of highly pathogenic. From December 31, 2019 to May 21, 32 outbreaks were registered in the country and this caused import markets to ban Polish poultry and eggs, including South Africa, China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan , United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.
In March 2020, poultry meat exports fell by about 12% compared to the same month in 2019. Half of Poland's production is destined for export and the loss of markets significantly increased domestic meat stocks, reducing prices to the producer. From early March to the end of April, chicken prices fell 13% and were 16% lower compared to April 2019.