Brazil has overtaken China in the production of chicken meat to become the world’s second largest producer, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), cited by the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).
Brazilian poultry producers last year produced 13.146 million tons of chicken meat, an annual increase of 3.58 percent, while China, according to the USDA, produced 13.025 million tons.
Vice President of ABPA, Ricardo Santin, said in a statement that even in times of economic crisis, “the chicken meat production and export chain had a good time last year.”
In Brazil, per capita consumption of chicken reached 43.25 kilograms in 2015, 1.1 percent more than the figure recorded a year earlier.
Another statement on the ABPA website said Brazilian egg producers can now start exporting to Hong Kong after the authorities of the special administrative region recognised the quality of the product.
Hong Kong approved the Brazilian production system through an agreement to issue an International Sanitary Certificate (CSI), reinforced by the recently published National Plan for Residues and Contaminants Control (PNCRC) of the Ministry of Agriculture for the egg sector. (macauhub/BR/CN)