Just two decades ago, Ecuador produced 55 million chickens per year. Now the figure is 220 million chickens, the country’s poultry producer group CNA told TV station Ecuavisa.
The increase – 3 percent annually - is attributed to the low cost of chicken compared to other meats and to improved poultry health.
The province of El Oro is the center of the country’s chicken production, with 60 percent of Ecuador’s birds. Guayas accounts for a further 20 percent and 10 percent are found in Santa Elena and Manabi. All these provinces are in the western portion of the country near to the largest city, Guayaquil.
Annual egg output in Ecuador is reported as 10 billion.
The XXIV Latin American Poultry Congress will be held in Guayaquil from September 8 to September 11.