(Photo: representatives from the pork industry (left) met officials from the Ministry of Agriculture)

Buenos Aires, January 9, 2020. Leaders from the pork industry met the governmental authorities to agree on the new goals that they adopted for the next years. One of them is to increase the exports, that during the last year rounded 26,000 tons.

Sources of eFarmNewsAr.com told that the objective is to increase 5,000 tons per year or an initial 20 percent. The Argentine Pork Export Group (GEPA as in its Spanish acronym) joints eleven meatpackers that represent 65% of the domestic exports. In a one-day rally, representatives from GEPA met the secretary of International Economic Relations, Jorge Neme, the vice-president of the Food and Agriculture Quality National Service (Senasa), Carlos Milicevic, and the minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Luis Basterra.

Members of the pork industry expressed their desire for the opening of Asian markets both from pork meat as veals. Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and Singapur are strategic markets for these products.

The industry explained that the country produces in high volume and quality the raw materials that the pork industry needs to feed the porks. This is a huge competitive advantage in relation to other countries. But, on the other hand, Argentina needs to capture new investments to enlarge the pork herd. It is estimated that with 100,000 new mothers in production, per capita consumption could grow 5 kilograms and the export could significantly enlarge.

Pork meat production rounds 620,000 tons per year, from a slaughter of around 6,8 million heads.