Argentine government proposes integration of pig production chain

By Georgi Gyton

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Goals and policies are discussed at the latest Swine Mesa meeting
Goals and policies are discussed at the latest Swine Mesa meeting

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (Argentina) recently held talks on proposals to integrate the country’s swine production chain.

Gabriel Delgado, secretary of the Ministry, led the discussions during the meeting with members of the group Swine Mesa. Proposals include reviewing advances in planning, identifying priority issues and suggesting new policies to achieve the goals set out in the government’s Strategic, Agri-Food and Agribusiness, Participatory and Federal Plan (PEA) 2020.

Said Delgado: "The PEA is a tool box that, this time, with the table of swine, allows us to link strategies and organising production. In this sense we have to articulate between the private and public sector and generate consensus proposals, which means thinking in the sector strategically."

The meeting last week was the sixth in a series of 12 meeting with Argentina’s various national production chains.

Ricardo Roodschild, chief of the secretariat of Family Agriculture Tucumán, said it was important to be clear on the production strategies in each of the country’s provinces, so that they can be "transformed into the same synergy that allows us to develop a common agenda".

Javier Rodríguez, secretary of Institutional Political and Agricultural Emergency Coordination, pointed out that per capita consumption had doubled in the past 10 years.

According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, the swine industry in Argentina has succeeded in growing production by an annual rate of 9.6% over the past 10 years, with total consumption up 6.3% year-on-year over the same period.

Since Swine Mesa began its work in 2010, production has increased by almost 50%, and consumption by 29%. Over the same time period (2010-2013), imports fell 65% in volume and 51% in value as the country’s own production chain grew successfully.

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