Russia has opened the door to poultry genetic material from Brazil, according to the Brazilian Association for Animal Protein (ABPA).
The authorization, according to information received from the agriculture ministry in Brazil, will cover shipments of day-old chicks and hatching eggs of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and ostriches.
Commenting on the development, ABPA Chief Executive Francisco Turra, said that the authorization confirms Russia’s confidence in the sanitary and health standards of the Brazilian poultry sector. He expressed his hope that this would be the start of further trade to Eastern Europe.
A possible explanation for the move is that, since imposing a ban on all poultry imports from the U.S., EU and other countries more than a year ago, Russia has been unable to source sufficient high-level genetics in the form of hatchlings and hatching eggs to meet its target for close to complete self-sufficiency in the poultry sector.