Growth of fish farming in São Paulo boosts Brazilian exports

Oct, 06, 2023 Posted by Gabriel Malheiros

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The Brazilian fish farming industry is celebrating a significant export increase, driven by an impressive growth in exports from São Paulo. Brazil, with its vast reserves of freshwater and a well-structured production chain, stands out as one of the global leaders in freshwater fish farming.

According to a study by Embrapa Pesca e Aquicultura in collaboration with the Brazilian Fish Farming Association (Peixe BR), fish farming exports increased by 15% in 2022, reaching a historic record of US$ 23.8 million. Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) emerged as the top export species, experiencing a remarkable growth of 28%, totaling US$ 23.2 million in exports.

São Paulo, the fourth Brazilian state in tilapia exports, recorded an impressive growth of 127% in 2022, becoming a significant standout. Paraná leads in exports, contributing 58% of the total value, followed by Mato Grosso do Sul (18%) and Bahia (11%). Projections indicate continued growth in sales in 2023, both in the domestic and international markets, with a particular focus on whole tilapia and frozen fillets exports.

Fish farming production in Brazil reached 860,355 tonnes in 2022, generating an estimated revenue of around R$ 9 billion. This sector has experienced a 48.6% increase in recent years, contributing to approximately 3 million direct and indirect jobs. Tilapia represents 64% of the total fish production in Brazil, solidifying the country as the fourth-largest global producer of this species.

The chart below displays fish farming exports from Brazil every month from Jan 2019 to August 2023. The data is from DataLiner.

Fish farming exports from Brazil | Jan 2019 – Aug 2023 | TEU

Source: DataLiner (click here to request a demo)

São Paulo is the second-largest national producer of farmed fish, producing 83,400 tons in 2022. The Director-General of the Fishery Institute (IP-Apta), Cristiane Rodrigues Pinheiro Neiva, emphasizes that the increased production, especially of tilapia, benefits the entire fish farming value chain. The Fishery Institute has played an important role in the study of tilapia, focusing on aspects such as health, the development of vaccines, disease diagnostic kits, probiotics, prebiotics, and the development of more efficient fish feed.

Source: Canal Rural

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