By US Grains Council | July 27, 2021
To build on the US Grains Council’s work to promote Soluble Dried Distillers’ Grains (DDGS) in Turkey, USGC staff from the Middle East and Africa region recently proposed an event virtual educational program that has demonstrated the benefits of the co-product.
Organized in partnership with TUSEDAD, a Turkish association of dairy, meat and livestock farmers, the conference was broadcast live on TUSEDAD’s YouTube channel in English and Turkish – collecting over 7,000 views – and was broadcast by a local Turkish TV station.
The virtual conference offered information on how American corn co-products can be included in the dietary rations of dairy cattle from Alvaro Garcia, an American professor of dairy and food sciences.
“Through such a program, the Council aims to expand its influence on the benefits of using DDGS in the Turkish dairy industry by addressing market constraints that limit expansion,” said Ramy Taieb, Director USGC Regional for the Middle East and Africa. “For example, Turkish importers and millers recently purchased 250,000 metric tonnes (MTT) of American DDGS in June. When you add these recent purchases to the more than 650 TMTs already purchased, we hope that US exports of DDGS to Turkey can reach 1 million metric tons (MMT) in 2021, which is similar to the export volumes we have. reached three years ago.
Over the past two years, the Council has also worked with local partners to develop the Turkish poultry feed industry. Recently, the Council’s efforts have focused on marketing opportunities for DDGS by ensuring that they are properly included in poultry feed rations. The results of a recent feeding trial showed positive results – that the inclusion of DDGS leads to healthier, heavier poultry coupled with a cheaper feed cost.
Considered a mature market, the Turkish animal feed industry is the primary market for US imports of DDGS to the Middle East and Africa region, with an average annual growth rate of eight percent per year. year in the past 20 years. This trend is expected to continue in the years to come thanks to population growth, tourism and exports to neighboring countries. However, Turkey’s importation of US DDGS has been disputed over the past three years, mainly due to the depreciation of the Turkish lira against foreign currencies and rising input costs.
“Turkey can be a volatile market for US DDGS exports, so the Council’s marketing efforts are aimed at expanding industry knowledge and acceptance of US DDGS with the goal of making DDGS a mainstay of their industry. animal feed, ”Taieb said.
“We expect Turkey to not only continue to be the number one market for DDGS in the region, but we believe its imports will increase. Turkey’s animal feed industry has experienced remarkable growth, with new investments in modern factories in recent years, doubling its feed capacity in the last decade.
The USGC has planned a similar awareness of DDGS in Saudi Arabia and Egypt over the next year.
Learn more about the Council’s efforts to promote DDGS in Turkey.