Pork exports Brazil in uplift
USDA's Foreign Ag Service says expansion in Brazil's
pork production is forecast to be 3.5% higher for 2007.
Exports have been constrained by trade restrictions imposed by the EU and
Russia since the FMD outbreak. Especially the state of Santa Catarina is
affected by the ban.
The World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) has
said that this state should be considered free of FMD without vaccination. It is
doubtful if this will have much effect on lifting the import restrictions of
some countries. There have been some opportunities, growth in Asian markets such
as Hong Kong and Singapore, FAS said.
Due to the export problems
domestic consumption has increased sharply. But supply is exceeding demand. Good
prices in the previous years has boosted production.
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