Brazilian egg production over the first six months of 2011 rose by 3.1%, reported IBGE, the country’s geography and statistics institute. The second quarter saw the highest rate of increase, 3.7% in comparison with the same period in 2010, registering 633.4 million dozen.

For the period April-June, the state of Sao Paulo was the country’s main egg producer, accounting for a little under 29% of the total, while Minas Gerais held second position with almost 12%. In comparison with 2010, particularly strong growth in egg production occurred in Matto Grosso, where output rose by roughly 29%.

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IBGE’s second-quarter egg survey comprised 1,545 respondents.