Brazil's Poultry Industry 'Could Take Years To Recover' From Strike
Brazil's poultry industry will need to cull 24 million chickens a day from today if suppliers cannot get food to birds because of a truckers' strike, and the government will need to bail out the hardest-hit producers, the country's agriculture minister has said.
The world's top chicken exporter could see a collapse in the poultry sector if the 1.2 million birds that are key to breeding are culled, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday. It could take the industry over two years to recover if that happens, he said.
"If we lose those birds, we lose all ability to recover," he told reporters. "I am very concerned about the livestock sector."
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