At the end of
2008, it is expected thatBrazil will overtake
China in terms of chicken
production, becoming the world's second-largest producer behind the
According to Francisco Turra, president of the
Brazilian Association of Chicken Producers and Exporters (Abef), this is due to
chicken production in China being rather stagnant, whilst the Brazilian
industry, which is more competitive than that of other countries at a time of
high corn prices, is able to expand its activities to meet both domestic and
practically stopped growing, " said Turra, adding that the country produces 12
million tonnes of chicken meat per year. "I think that Brazil could end
the year with production of 12.5 million tonnes."
Turra went on to say that the Brazilian
industry is less affected than other countries by the rise in price of raw
materials as the country has a corn surplus and will have up to 10 million
tonnes for export this year.
In addition to consistent domestic consumption,
the Brazilian industry also expects to export approx. 800,000 extra
tonnes of meat in 2008, as compared with 2007, with total exports of almost 4
mln t generating revenue of US$6.5 bln ($1,5 bln more than 2007).
Association of Chicken Producers and Exporters (Abef)
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