Saudis among largest consumers of chicken

ISLAMABAD: Saudis are one of the world’s largest consumers of chicken, eating 47kg of chicken meat and an estimated 120 eggs a year per person on an average.

According to the data, people in Saudi Arabia eat less than 9kg of fish a year, way below the global average of 25kg per person and lower than the Gulf average of 28kg, Saudi Gazette reported.

In a workshop on Agricultural Development, he said “Saudis largely eat poultry and red meat. They tend to avoid fish and marine and farm products.”

Citizens in Arab Gulf states consume 28kg of fishery products every year, with the UAE and Oman being particularly high in terms of consumption. Technical adviser to Fakih Poultry Mohammed Al-Ghamdi said the Kingdom is among the top poultry consuming countries in the world.

“The volume of investments in this area is up to SR42 billion. Some 700,000 tons of poultry was domestically produced in 2015, covering 45 percent of the domestic consumption,” Al-Ghamdi said.