Canadian production and demand for chicken continued to increase in December, according to statistics released this week by the Chicken Farmers of Canada national marketing agency.
For the year, Canadian production increased by 4.8 per cent to 1,203.6 million kilograms, an increase of 55.2 million kilograms.
Imports were down by 12.1 per cent to 169.3 million kilograms, mainly because the Canada Revenue Agency tightened scrutiny of “spent fowl” imports that sometimes seemed more like regular broiler chicken.
Exports declined by 5.1 per cent to 167.2 million kilograms.
Ontario increased production in December by 13 per cent to 33,810 million kilograms. The national increase was 7.8 per cent.
Despite the increase, Ontario’s storage stocks for December declined by six per cent.
The national agency has decided to increase spring-time national production by 7.7 per cent. That’s for the six-week quota period that begins in May.