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China dependency worries pig farmers in Santa Catarina

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The embargoes imposed by China and the tightening of sanitary rules on exporting companies are of concern to pig farmers in Santa Catarina, as some 60% of the shipment of pork from Santa Catarina is destined for the Asian country. “At least 55% of Brazilian production is also going to China. Pig farming is dependent on this market, which is a big risk because our internal consumption is reduced. If we have any problems with the Chinese, we will not be able to absorb the surplus production. And the producers are going to pay the bill once again ”, emphasizes Losivanio Luiz de Lorenzi, president of ACCS.

Once again, the president of the ACCS warns of the disorderly growth of pig farming in the country with the aim of meeting international demand - which corresponds to 20% of national production. “We need to keep production stable, improving productivity with a focus on reducing costs. Many companies are growing wildly in order to export, which is a risky market ”.

Of the 181 thousand tons of pork exported by Santa Catarina in 2020, 108 thousand went to China. “We need to diversify the international market and improve domestic consumption. We also need to have control over pig production, although many think this is a utopia ”, says Losivanio.


The Brazilian government fears further suspension of slaughterhouses by China, in addition to the three units that have already had their exports blocked by Beijing in view of the tightening of sanitary restrictions on food imports in the country.

According to an investigation by the national media, two more plants should be suspended by China, which has increased the number of requests for information from Brasília on cases of contamination of employees by Covid-19. In addition to beef and chicken establishments, the Chinese also asked questions about pork slaughter plants of companies of all sizes.

Before the first suspensions, 102 slaughterhouses in Brazil were authorized to export to China, the main destination for national shipments. Even though the number of suspended plants is small so far, Brasília seeks to understand what technical criteria are being used by Beijing to stop the plants, even if only temporarily.

In the assessment of the president of ACCS, Losivanio Luiz de Lorenzi, all companies that export are adopting strict measures to guarantee the free production of the coronavirus. “We had no serious problems within companies. In rural areas, there was no record of properties banned because of Covid-19”.

Source: Suinocultura Industrial