Thai exports of fresh and processed chicken totalled 390,000 tonnes in the first five months of 2019, up 15 per cent from the same period of last year, according to the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association on Monday.
The association’s manager, Kukrit Arepagorn, attributed the rise to growth in demand from China, which imported 25,000 tonnes of Thai chicken products in the first five months, up 1,462 per cent from the same period last year. Demand from other countries had also increased by up to eight per cent in the first five months, to 138,000 tonnes. Exports to South Korea, Japan and Malaysia also rose, he said.
With the strong demand in the market so far this year, the association expects Thai fresh and processed chicken exports to achieve the target of 900,000 tonnes by the end of 2019. However, in terms of value, the growth will be curbed by the fact that the baht has strengthened from Bt32 per dollar last year to an average of Bt30.6 this year, he said.