for the holidays of Christmas and New Year, the supply of turkeys will be 1.75 million units in order to meet consumer requirements, according to the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri).
The national supply of this product presents a growth of 6% this year compared to 2021, and whose supply reaches 49% of the national production of this bird.
In addition, it was announced that of the total turkey available for the Christmas and New Year campaign, 1.31 million units will be marketed in different supermarket chains and corporate sales, as whole frozen processed turkey and; 437,000 units in the distribution centers of birds as live turkey.
The average commercial weight range of the frozen processed turkey will oscillate between 5 to 12 kilograms per unit and, between 7 to 11 kilograms for sale as live turkey.
National turkey production for the year 2022 would increase by 7% compared to last year, exceeding by 231,000 units what was produced in 2021.
For this year, of the total national production, 82% is destined as whole turkey and 18% as chopped turkey. Of the total benefited whole turkey, 60% is oriented to the Christmas and New Year campaign, 39% to the national regular sale and 1% is exported as frozen whole turkey.
In the same way, imports of turkey meat for this year are estimated at 6,173 tons, 3,865 tons less than what was imported in 2021. Turkey imports have been entering as turkey meat in pieces and come mainly from the United States, Brazil and Chili. No whole turkey imports are reported for this year.
Likewise, turkey meat exports this year would reach 872 tons, which represents 673 tons more than sales in 2021. Turkey meat this year has been exported mainly as chopped turkey meat (68%), whole turkey (32%), Colombia being the country of destination.
On the other hand, the consumption of turkey meat this year will reach 1.08 kilograms per inhabitant, which represents a decrease of 3.3% compared to 2021.