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Morocco opens its markets to Brazilian poultry genetics

Morocco´s National Office for Food Sanitary Safety (ONSSA) has authorised imports of one-day chicks and embryonated eggs from Brazil. The information is from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa).

Brazil filed a request to access the North African market early in 2019, but before exports got a green light, new procedures had to be developed.

Hatching eggs can now be exported from Brazil to Morocco. Photo: Ton Kastermans
Hatching eggs can now be exported from Brazil to Morocco. Photo: Ton Kastermans

Brazilian and Moroccan authorities drafted an International Zoosanitary Certificate (CZI), which is now made official. According to Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) president Francisco Turra, this new export authorisation strengthens the Brazilian position as an export platform for genetic material to the world. “Free of Avian Influenza and with one of the best health status among international poultry producers, Brazil will add a new destination to ship products to and add value to the whole production chain. Brazilians and Moroccans will benefit from making those exports feasible,” he said.

With the increase in Brazilian exports of chicken meat, Brazil has been prioritising its own production.” – Ricardo Santin, executive director of ABPA.

Exports

Data from ABPA shows that in January, Brazilian exports of fertile eggs and poultry genetic material reached a total of 1,194 tonnes, a volume 37.2% lower than the 1,902 tonnes shipped in the same period last year. Shipments of fertile eggs added up to 1,121 tonnes, 38.2% less compared to the same month in 2019. In revenue, exports reached US$ 4.834 million, a decrease of 40.1% referring to the same period analysed.

The exports of genetic material decreased 16% in January, adding up to 73 tonnes, against 87 tons shipped in the same month last year. The balance of exports reached US $ 4.313 million, a decrease of 33.7% from the amount recorded in 2019.

According to Ricardo Santin, executive director of ABPA, the drop in Brazilian exports of poultry genetic material is related to the increase in domestic demand for poultry genetics. “With the increase in Brazilian exports of chicken meat, Brazil has been prioritising its own production. The drop in exports was expected,” analyses Santin.