According to data published by ABIPECS, in spite of the high feeding costs, the most prominent feature during this year for the Brazilian swine industry has been the increase in the production, that has reached 3.49 million tons: an increase by 2.5% with respect to year 2011. This performance was possible thanks to a rise by 1.5% of the herd productivity and of the carcass weight, that has increased by 600 grams in average.
In relation to the consumption per capita, it has remained being 15 kg per inhabitant/year.
In year 2012 the pig meat exports, in terms of volume, are expected to reach about 580,000 tons, which is under the level reached by Brazil in year 2007 (the year before the global financial crisis) with 607,000 tons.
In year 2013 an increase in production by 1% is expected, which is much lower than its potential, and this is mainly due to the crisis that affects the producers that work without a contract and to the industries with a low products and markets diversification level and that have only focused on the domestic market.
Thursday December 6, 2012/ ABIPECS/ Brazil.