Jordan imports more Brazilian cattle beef

BRAZIL - Jordan is importing more cattle beef from Brazil. According to information disclosed by newspaper Addustour, from the Arab country, purchases of cattle beef from Brazil and India rose at the beginning of this year. The measure was to contain the growth of meat prices in the country. The product has risen in value, according to the newspaper, due to the increase in consumption of the product during the Muslim holiday of Eida al-Adha, commemorated at the end of last year.
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According to the Jordanian embassy in Brasília, the increase in consumption of cattle beef in the country, and consequently of imports, is also due to the arrival of many Iraqis in the country. The prices of chilled cattle beef have risen between 10% and 15% in Jordan since the beginning of the year.

According to the president of trading company Alimentary Products, Khalil Tawfiq, the reason for the increase in the cost of chilled meat is the reduction in offer of the Chinese product. China is one of the Jordanian suppliers of cattle beef.

Brazil already exports cattle beef to Jordan, but up to the end of last year the volumes were still small. Brazilian exports of raw cattle beef to Jordan in 2006 totalled US$ 6.28 million. There was an increase, however, of 84% when compared to 2005. Shipments totalled 3,400 tonnes in 2006, against 2,000 in the previous year, according to information disclosed by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply.

Brazil exported US$ 42.32 million in agribusiness products to Jordan in 2006, including meats, sugar, coffee, milk, cocoa, gelatine, wheat, bread, flour and forestry products. In total, Brazilian sales to the Arab country generated US$ 113.4 million in 2006 and also included aircraft, aluminium and chassis for mini buses, among other products.

Source: Brazil-Arab News Agency
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