The Indian health authority approved the first import permit for Brazilian fresh chicken meat since the health agreement signed between the two countries in 2008. The announcement was made by the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (Map), Tereza Cristina , on Monday, Apr. 29th, and highlighted today, May 2nd by President Jair Bolsonaro, in a publication on Twitter.
According to the Map, chicken meat is the most consumed animal protein in India and it is estimated that this market will continue to grow at a rate of 7% to 8% per year. The growth is due to the new patterns of consumption shaped by greater urbanization and by the increase of income of the middle class. The expectation of the Brazilian government is that Indian imports increase as market expansion.
Still, per capita consumption of chicken meat in India is still relatively low, at only 3.5 kilos/year. In Brazil, this amount reaches 44.6 kg/year, while the world average is 11.9 kg/year.
According to the president of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), Francisco Turra, industry, leaders have worked hard to reach the Indian market and are waiting for their growth. “We did several missions there. It is a nation with 1.2 billion mouths and almost 400,000 have already left vegetarianism and are consuming animal protein. But they consume little. There is undoubtedly a chance to grow and improve, it is a complicated market, but it is good news,” he said.
In an interview with the Brazilian magazine, from Radio Nacional de Brasilia, Turra explained that Brazil needs to continue investing in sanitation and inspection to guarantee product quality and maintain international markets. According to him, however, the main consumer of Brazilian chicken is the domestic market. Of the 13 million tons of protein produced annually in the country, 9 million tons are consumed here.
From the announced measure, all slaughterhouses registered in the Federal Inspection Service (SIF) can export chicken meat in natura to India, provided that the agreed requirements observed.
In 2018, the main destinations for Brazilian chicken were Saudi Arabia (US $805 million), China (US $800 million) and Japan (US $722 million).