August 26, 2016
Broiler meat production in Brazil is expected to rise 3% to an all-time high of 14.08 million tonnes next year, according to a USDA forecast.
The local office of the US Department of Agriculture in Brasilia also forecasts broiler meat exports to hit a record 4.4 million tonnes in 2017.
"The growth in exports will likely be driven by higher world demand for the Brazilian products, mostly from China, the European Union and new markets recently opened," USDA said.
China orders from Brazil spiked after the South American country banned US poultry products following an outbreak of avian influenza.
The number of Brazilian plants licensed to produce meat for Chinese imports has seen a rapid rise lately.
"Currently 29 plants are approved for China, but by the end of the year this number may increase to 40 plants in 2017", the local office of the USDA said.
"A Brazilian trade mission is expected to visit China in September with the purpose to negotiate new plants approvals to that market", it added.