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After recently authorizing the importation of white meats, Algeria will import chicken from Brazil. Indeed, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture announced this Thursday in a press release that Brazil and Algeria have concluded negotiations concerning the opening of the Algerian market to Brazilian chicken meat, after examining the certifications and established health and safety requirements.
“Brazil is the largest exporter and the second largest producer of chicken meat in the world, consolidating itself as a reliable and competitive supplier, which devotes 36% of national production to the foreign market,” underlines the same source.
And to specify: “Brazilian exports of this product in 2023 have already reached, until August, 6.73 billion US dollars, a figure of 5.5% higher than the total reached during the same period of 2022 » “Last year, Brazil exported 9.52 billion US dollars of chicken meat, with shipments of 4.6 million tonnes to 170 markets,” further details the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture.
The British agency Reuters, which relayed the information, mentioned an agreement which expands the presence of Brazilian poultry in predominantly Muslim halal markets.
Recalling that the Algerian market of 44 million inhabitants was until now closed to imports of chickens, the Brazilian association of chicken processors (ABPA), cited by Reuters, indicated that Brazil is one of the main suppliers of halal chicken, shipping approximately 2 million metric tons to the Arab world each year. Halal meats come from animals slaughtered using a specific method prescribed by Islamic law.
“We will focus our strategy on complementarity with local product demand,” said Ricardo Santin, president of ABPA, in a press release. “Brazil has strong know-how in exporting halal chicken meat and will be able to meet the demands of this market,” he added.
At the beginning of the year, recalls the Reiters agency, the country reported its first cases of avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds, but nevertheless remains technically free of the disease since no cases have been detected in the commercial breeding.
As a reminder, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced, on September 10, the reopening of the importation of red and white meat. This decision aims to meet national demand for meat and maintain price stability on the local market, the ministry explained.
Chicken prices have soared in recent weeks to reach 600 dinars per kilo in certain regions. In this regard, the Minister of Agriculture indicated that this situation is explained by “the decline recorded each summer in poultry activity, as a result of the losses which affected breeders due to the heatwave”, adding that ” in 45 to 55 days, there will again be an abundance in the production of white meats in the ordinary way with the resumption of activity.”