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There’s Not Enough Corn for Chickens in World’s Top Exporter

  • Brazil’s chicken output cut 10 percent in past three months
  • ‘This corn scarcity was the surprise of the year,’ group says
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There’s a dearth of corn needed to feed all of the hungry chickens in Brazil, the world’s biggest exporter of the meat.

The nation’s chicken processors were forced to reduce production by 10 percent over the past three months, said Francisco Turra, president of Brazil’s chicken and pork exporters group, known as ABPA. Large and small producers have shut down plants, cut work shifts and enforced mandatory vacation for employees in a bid to lower output, Turra said.