BRAZIL – Brazil has received approval to export chicken meat to Algeria, marking a significant development for the South American country’s poultry industry.

In a statement released on October 12, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that the two nations had signed an agreement after reviewing certifications and establishing poultry health and safety requirements.

Algeria is one of the African countries with a high poultry meat self-sufficiency rate of nearly 90%.

However, the domestic poultry industry has been facing challenges in recent months, leading authorities to seek international supplies.

The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) expressed its strategic focus on complementing the local demand for poultry products in Algeria, particularly halal chicken meat.

According to Ricardo Santin, the President of ABPA, Halal certification is a crucial aspect of exporting to the Muslim market.

He highlighted Brazil’s expertise in exporting halal chicken meat and its ability to meet the requirements of this new market.

This development follows a decision by the Algerian government in September to authorize imports of red and white meat to counter rising prices in the domestic market.

Chicken meat prices in Algeria had increased by more than 33% in just one month, reaching around 600 dinars ($4.35) per kilogram in September.

Multiple factors contributed to this situation, including rising global prices for livestock feed and productivity challenges due to repeated heat waves.

Currently, the retail price range for chicken meat in Algeria in October is reported to be between US$2 and US$4 per kilogram or US$0.91 to US$1.81 per pound.

Data from the National Office of Livestock Feed and Poultry Breeding (ONAB) revealed that Algeria consumes an average of 50,000 tonnes of white meat per month

The local production of white meat in Algeria was 430,000 tonnes in 2021, down from 542,000 tonnes in 2020, with chicken meat accounting for approximately 90% of the stock.

This agreement opens up a previously inaccessible market for Brazilian chicken meat exports, and Brazil, as the world’s largest exporter of halal chicken meat, sees it as a significant opportunity.

Annually, Brazil exports approximately 2 million tons of halal chicken meat, primarily to countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and to Muslim consumers in Europe.

This development is expected to address supply challenges in Algeria and provide a new source of poultry products for the country’s consumers.