Brazil questions EU poultry export subsidies

05-04-2012 | | |

Brazil plans to bring up the EU’s export subsidies for poultry at the next round of free trade agreements between Mercosur and the EU.

Francisco Turra, the president of the Brazilian Poultry Association (UBABEF) said that for Brazil’s industry to maintain growth, the EU export subsidies on whole chicken had to be curtailed.
The occasion was a conference organised by the Financial Times in London, the FT Sustainable Agriculture Summit-Spotlight on Brazil.
Present at the conference as well was John Clarke, director for international affairs at the EU Commission. Clarke remarked that the EU is prepared to review the tariffs and duties it has on Brazilian agricultural commodities, but only as part of a new free-trade agreement with Mercosur.
Brazil, with its current high domestic consumption of poultry (47.5kg per capita), and being the world’s largest exporter of chicken and its third largest producer, needs to increase exports for its industry to grow.
Source: Poultry World