June 14, 2006


Brazil's chicken exports fell 5.5 percent due to bird flu



Chicken exports from Brazil for the first five months of 2006 fell 5.5 percent on-year to 1.04 million tonnes despite an increase in exports to its major markets.


The drop was attributed to a serious decline in consumption in major markets due to bird flu, according to the Brazilian Association of Chicken Producers and Exporters (ABEF).


However, sales in dollar terms increased 0.93 percent, to US$1.23 billion due to better prices.


The biggest increase was seen in South America, where Brazilian exports saw a 150 percent increase, followed by Africa (up 25 percent), the Middle East (up 20 percent), Asia (the largest market, up 10.6 percent) and the EU (up 7.8 percent). Sales to Russia fell 15.9 percent.


Brazilian chicken exports in May fell 18 percent and revenues were 22.5 percent down on-year.


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