Saudi Arabia is about to set up an association for livestock farmers soon. It will be run as a private NGO in order to facilitate governance of the farming sector.
The Ministry of Agriculture feels that it alone does not have the capacities to reach every single farmer and a new institution is required.
The Saudi Minister of Agriculture Fahd Balghunaim expects meat and chicken prices to remain on elevated levels due to the rise in feedstock costs.
He encouraged Saudi consumers to switch from overpriced local sheep varieties to imported ones from Australia or Somalia and argued that quality differences between them were rather perceived than real.
Self-sufficiency in chicken production stays at 45 percent. A massive expansion program is planned. Like dairy production and unlike wheat which is being phased out until 2016, chicken production is slated for expansion.
Antibiotics are a common phenomenon in chicken production globally but seems to be frowned upon in Saudi Arabia, at least in theory. The Minister said:“I swear by Allah that our chickens are hormone and antibiotics free.”