China’s lifted poultry ban impacting Delmarva
DOVER, Del.- The poultry business could be getting good news and that’s due to a nearly five-year ban lifted. China lifted a ban on exports for poultry, and economically this could change things for companies and producers in Delmarva.
“It’s really a strong economic engine kind of humming along in the background of Delmarva,”James Fisher, Communications Manager for Delmarva Poultry Industry, said.
This is how the poultry industry is looked at here in Delmarva and it could soon see a shift that leads to more success.
“There’s a huge demand right now for protein in China and lifting this ban and allowing poultry from the United States to go into China is going to create a tremendous opportunity for all of our poultry companies as well as our producers,” Michael T. Scuse, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, said.
China’s decision to lift the poultry ban would allow poultry from the United States to be imported into the country, and that’s big for Delmarva.
“We’re always looking for export markets, not export opportunities, this is a huge export opportunity,” Scuse said.
With this opportunity, could come an increase in job opportunities, as well as make a positive impact on the prices that Delmarva’s poultry companies will receive.
“There’s no doubt that with that demand its going to create job opportunities across the entire united states as well as here on Delmarva,” Scuse said.
While officials said this can be a positive development for the 1,300 family farmers raising chickens and employees at chicken companies, it may not make as big of an impact.
“I don’t think its going to cause any big substance of major change for the region but it certainly can help the economic footing of the industry that’s here,” Fisher said.
Although this may be true, they will remain hopeful that it could lead to more opportunities in the future.
“I think hopefully this will be the first step of many steps to open up the Chinese markets for a whole host of US products,” Scuse said.
Only about ten percent of the chicken raised on Delmarva is exported, most of the chicken here goes to United States consumers.
People hope that this change will allow China to import more items, like beef, in addition to restoring the soy bean market.