Brazilian farmers crossed the globe for a string of meetings in Japan. The mission included the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, with representatives of the Brazilian government, sectoral entities, and members of Congress.
The group met Prima Meat Packers, a company focused on business development for meat, ham, cured meat, and processed food. Then, they took part in the seminar “Opportunities and Partnerships for the Animal Protein Industry.”
The schedule also included a meeting with Nippon Foods, a company that showed interest in buying more agricultural products from Brazil. “Many Japanese restaurants depend on Brazilian products,” said Sueme Mori, Director of International Relations at CNA.
Mori emphasized that the mission’s goal was also to expand the supply of pork to Japan, in addition to working for the acknowledgment of the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, and Acre as areas free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) without vaccination. Another noteworthy goal of the trip was to regionalize the agricultural health certificate for avian influenza and expand trade for Brazilian beef.
Japan is the destination of 1.98% of Brazil’s total exports, being the 10th trading partner in the ranking of imports. The main agricultural goods imported by the Japanese include corn, soybean, chicken meat or offal, wheat, and rye, as well as tobacco products or reconstituted tobacco.