According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Mexico has the requirements and infrastructure needed to produce some three million tonnes of pork per year in the next decade, and this will mean producing almost twice than currently, thanks to pig production becoming a robust and dynamic sector with great growth prospects.
Before representatives of 14 states of the Republic and of the 18 biggest pig producing organisations, the General Livestock Coordinator, Mr Francisco Gurría Treviño, pointed out that, in 1960, 40 million tonnes of beef, pork and chicken were produced globally. More than half was beef, 42% pork and the rest chicken.
Now, 57 years later, 260 million tonnes of meat are produced, and the only sector that has maintained its percentage (42%) is pork, because, proportionally, the consumption of chicken has risen and that of beef has dropped.
He pointed out that another encouraging sign is that before the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico produced some 700,000 tonnes of beef, and now, 25 years later, it produces 1.7 million tonnes, with great possibilities for growth.
It must be highlighted that the greater technification of the national pig production systems has allowed this activity to grow by an average of 3.1% per year from 2012 to 2017.
In 2017, pork production reached 1.442 million tonnes, and the five states with the greatest production were Jalisco (301,448 tonnes); Sonora (261,757 tonnes); Puebla (165,563 tonnes); Yucatan (138,917 tonnes) and Veracruz (129,665 tonnes).
Monday, October 1st, 2018/ SAGARPA/ Mexico.