After a year of challenges for the sector, agents are expected to recover in 2019, according to Cepea. The positive outlook is based on the possible lower pressure of the main inputs used in the activities (corn and soybean meal) and on the intensification of the chicken meat outflow to the international and Brazilian markets.
As for inputs, Conab indicates increases in production for both maize and soybean, which can reduce prices and reduce poultry production costs. In addition, domestic demand should heat up, influenced by the expectation of economic growth (the Central Bank Focus Bulletin indicates that GDP should increase 2.55% this year).
For the international market, the USDA indicates that chicken exports should rise by 2.4% between 2018 and 2019.