RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Butchers and unions indicate that problems in international trade and the high domestic consumption after pension fund withdrawals have caused a lack of meat stock throughout the country. Meanwhile, cattle farmers criticize the lack of incentives for local production, which has been practically destroyed by the importation of Paraguayan and Brazilian cuts. For this reason, they have had to take refuge in a new commercial ally: China. "They take the whole animal, even the hooves, unlike other countries," they say.
A mixture of internal and external factors have had an impact at the same time and . . .