Brazil poultry sector impacted by extreme flooding

Rio Grande do Sul in the south has seen great destruction
calendar icon 24 May 2024
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Floods in Rio Grande do Sul state in May have caused losses to the Brazil's poultry sector in some regions, mainly in the central area, according to a recent market report from Cepea

Players surveyed by Cepea say that floods and the destruction of bridges and roads have brought difficulties for farms to receive inputs for the production (such as corn and soybean meal).

Agents from meatpackers surveyed by Cepea indicate that, in some cases, slaughter facilities were flooded, while other units cannot receive new animal batches due to logistical issues. The meat transportation has also been affected.

Part of the regions had no electricity, which is very delicate in the poultry sector. At farms, the lighting at night is important to birds, while the refrigeration at the industry is affected.

It is worth noting that Rio Grande do Sul was responsible for 11.4% of slaughtered animals in Brazil in 2023, according to data from IBGE. Moreover, the state is a major chicken meat exporter, accounting for 14.8% of the volume sold by Brazil last year.

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