Brazilian chicken meat exports rise 35 pct in 2005

2 February 2006

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 02 Feb – Brazilian export of chicken meat increased 35 percent to US$3.5 billion in 2005, against the previous year, officials said Wednesday.

The figure is the largest ever, and results from exporting 2.846 million tons of chicken, a 15 percent increase in volume in comparison to 2004.

The president of the Brazilian Association of Chicken Producers and Exporters (Abef), Ricardo Gonçalves, quoted by Brazilian daily newspaper Folha de São Paulo, said that Brazil needed to put a plan in place to prevent avian flu entering the country.

On January 13, the Brazilian government announced it was going to invest some 37 million euros on a plan to prevent and fight bird flu.

Last year Brazil exported chicken meat to more than 150 countries, particularly to Asia, Europe and the United States.

In 2005 Japan became the biggest foreign customer for Brazilian chicken buying 405,000 tons, which generated revenues of US$693 million. (macauhub)