Brazilian meatpackers cleared to export beef to Indonesia -minister

SAO PAULO, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Indonesia has authorized beef exports from 10 Brazilian meat-packing plants, Brazil's Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias said in a statement late on Wednesday.

The plants have the potential to export at least 25,000 tonnes of beef products, the statement said without elaborating.

The authorization came after Dias held talks with Indonesian Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman in May as part of a tour of Asian countries to open up new markets for Brazilian farm products.

Brazil, home of large meat processors like JBS SA JBSS3.SA, BRF SA BRFS3.SA, Marfrig Global Foods MRFG3.SA and Minerva SA BEEF3.SA, is the world's largest exporter of chicken and beef. The country provides some 20% of total global beef exports, according to the USDA.

It is also the fourth biggest global supplier of pork.

Dias called the Indonesian authorization "an achievement," emphasizing the importance of selling beef products to a country with a population of nearly 300 million people.

The country is expected to continue growing beef exports for the coming years, reaching 23% of the world's total beef exports by 2028, USDA projections show.

(Reporting by Ana Mano Editing by Paul Simao)

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