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Thailand to export more chicken meat in 2017

Staff Writer |
Thailand targets to export more than 770,000 tonnes of chicken meat in 2017, up from 743,000 tonnes last year, Kukrit Arepagorn, Manager of the Thai Broiler Processing Exporters Association told Asian Agribiz.

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The main reason behind Thailand's revised chicken export target is Japan, a growing market for Thai chicken meat.

“While we exported more frozen chicken products to Japan, the country is shifting to buy more cooked chicken products from Thailand, instead of China due to food safety issues,” he said, adding Japan's booming tourism industry needs more cooked chicken meat.

Meanwhile, Thailand aims to export 150,000 tonnes of frozen chicken products to Japan this year, up from 125,295 tonnes last year, Mr Kukrit said.

In total, Thailand exported 375,285 tonnes of chicken meat during the first half of this year, up 8-9% from the same period last year.

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