Published On: Wed, Nov 8th, 2017

Turkey plans importation of 350,000 bovine animals & 66 thousand tons of carcass meat




Turkey plans importation of 350,000 bovine animals & 66 thousand tons of carcass meat

The quantity of live animals and carcass meat to be imported by Meat and Milk Association of Turkey (ESK) in the next 7 months is determined. By the end of this year, 350 thousand bovine animals and 66 thousand tons of carcass meat imports are planned, while in the first 5 months of 2018, 152 thousand head cattle and 51 thousand tons of carcass meat is targeted to be imported.

In the presentation titled “Livestock Production and Vision” Mr. FAKIBABA, “Minister of Food Agriculture and Livestock” shared following information about the import activities of the ESK (Et ve Süt Kurumu) under the heading “Meat importation“:

ESK realized 500 thousand bovine animals importation between the dates of 3 July 2016 and 20 July 2017. In the same period, 41 thousand tons of carcass meat imports were made.



According to the information in the presentation, importation of 350 thousand feeder cattle imports was planned between 20 July and 31 December 2017. It is reported 150 thousand heads have been imported, while 200 thousand heads are expected to be imported in the remaining period. In the same period, 36 thousand tons of planned 66 thousand tons of carcass meat imports was realized. Another 30 thousand tons are to be imported until year end.

Based on the representation by the minister, it is understood that Turkey plans to increase red meat production by 45 percent to 1.7 million tons by 2023, to meet all the need for red meat with domestic production.

Milk production and incentives for producers

On the other hand, with the new implementation initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in 2017, in order to ensure price stability ESK started to buy the excess supply of raw milk produced by producers (made into milk powder) within the scope of the contracts they have made with the producer organizations, at prices calculated over base price determined by the National Milk Council.

ESK sells the milk powder sold through tender provided it is further exported and also sells it to the domestic market if need be. This makes it possible to maintain stability of the producer prices and also encourages the export of milk powder during periods when raw milk supply is high.

The authority also encourages and promotes organized and quality milk production by paying producers different premiums for raw, chilled raw and raw chilled milk marketed through the organization.

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