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Morocco opens market for Brazilian poultry genetics

Christian Fernsby |
Brazil can now export poultry genetic material to Morocco.

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The National Office for Sanitary Safety of Food Products (ONSSA) has authorized imports of chicks and embryonated eggs from Brazil, Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) has reported to the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA).

The request for exporting to the North African market was filed by ABPA to MAPA in 2019.

The viability of shipments depended on the creation of an International Zoosanitary Certificate (IZC), which has been finished by Brazilian and Moroccan authorities earlier this year.

In a press release, ABPA chairman Francisco Turra was quoted as saying that the authorization of exports strengthens the Brazilian position as an export platform of genetic material to the world.

“Free of avian influenza and with one of the world’s best sanitary status among international poultry producers, Brazil now has a new destination to ship high-quality, high-value-added products.

Both Brazilians and Moroccans will be benefited with the viability of these exports,” he stressed.

Last year, Morocco imported over 3,7 million units of poultry genetic material (one-day chicks and embryonated eggs) from other countries, according to the Interprofessional Federation of the Aviary Sector (FISA).

The Arab country now produces around 570,000 tonnes of poultry.

In 2004, it produced 275,000 tonnes, which means that the figure has almost doubled within 15 years.

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