The Chilean dairy sector forecasts $80 million in exports for 2004, compared to $55 million for 2003, Chilean Deputy Agriculture Minister, Arturo Barrera, said.

Chile's dairy export target for 2005 is $100 million.

The target is entirely feasible in view of the international dairy prices, especially of milk and cheese, as well as the consolidation of the markets and Chilean increased milk output, Barrera pointed out.

Chile exported $44.3 million worth of dairy products in the first seven months of 2004, up 60%. The jump in exports was achieved under an operating plan aimed at boosting the country's dairy product exports, which is a joint initiative of the public and private sectors.