Brazilian agri-livestock exports to reach new record this year

14 December 2010

Brasilia, Brazil, 14 Dec – Brazilian exports of agri-livestock products are this year expected to reach a new record and the government plans to improve that trend by opening up new markets, the minister for Agriculture said Monday in Brasilia.

Wagner Rossi said that, “the figures show that once again agri-business products are going to ensure a surplus for the country’s balance of trade.”

Between January and November Brazil exported agri-livestock goods worth US$70.3 billion, just US$1.5 billion short of the figure posted for 2008, according to the minister’s figures.

Rossi noted that the new government would make a “great effort” to open up new markets and considered China, Japan and South Korea to be a priority for Brazil to try to increase the sale of pork, in particular.

Minister Rossi also said that one of the tasks of the next government would be to modernise the Ministry of Agriculture which, he said, was not in line with a robust sector that accounts for 26 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 42 percent of exports. (macauhub)