Minas Gerais’ pork exports p over 200%
Exports of pork from the state of Minas Gerais earned US$ 24.7 million in the first quarter of 2012, up 218.3% compared with the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Development , Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC). The volume shipped increases by 186.4% in the period from January to March 2011. The average value of exported meat also rose, by 11% on 2011, reaching a record on the market (US$ 2,700 per ton). The state’s share of Brazilian exports of the product rose from 2.5% to 8%.
Besides the larger number of buying countries, the main buyers significantly increased their purchases. Russia, which was the main buyer in 2012, increased its pork imports from Minas Gerais state by 2,928.9%, to US$ 11.3 million. Unlike Mato Grasso, Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná, Minas Gerais was not affected by the Russian embargo on pork in June 2011. Minas Gerais has the fourth largest herd of swine in Brazil, with five million head, accounting for 12% the country’s total herd of 38.9 million.
Information provided by Globo Rural