China’s increased demand for chicken and pork indicates that Brazilian producers will have a significant increase in exports in 2019, according to the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (ABPA).
Figures presented on Wednesday by ABPA show an increase in production in the sector, with the first seven months of this year recording an increase in exports, after 2018 was a year of challenges and difficulties for Brazilian poultry and pork producers.
Francisco Turra, chairman of ABPA, said that exports to Asia, particularly China, are being viewed “with enthusiasm” as the country is responsible for importing 28.2% of Brazilian pork and 13% of chicken.
The first seven months of the year saw a year-on-year increase of 5.8% in chicken exports, with sales of 2.34 million tonnes providing revenues of US$4.0 billion, up 10.8% over the same period of 2018.
Pork exports reached 414,400 tonnes from January to September, an increase of 19.6% year-on-year.
The increase in exports was, according to ABPA, directly influenced by drops in pig stocks of about 30% over the past year due to African swine fever – which led to a 31% increase in sales from Brazil to Asia (Macauhub)