The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) and the Mexican Pig Producers' Confederation (CPM) will work, in a coordinate way, with the aim of reaching the food self-sufficiency promoted by the Mexican government.
In the work meeting led by the Minister Mr Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, they agreed on the need of strengthening the national pig production through projects that provide pig production with an added value, improve genetics, stimulate production and allow to modernise the infrastructure, equipment and implements on the small and medium production units.
There was an agreement to work together in technical assistance matters and training schemes with the aim of providing opportunities for the development to small pig producers pertaining to the 16 organisations in the Republic of Mexico that include the 25,694 farms that make up the CPM.
The President of the Confederation, Mr José Luis Caram Inclán, highlighted that Mexico is free of all the notifiable diseases that affect pigs, such as classical swine fever, Aujeszky's disease and African swine fever, and this has allowed them to be more productive and competitive. Due to this, he expressed the producers' interest on relying on resources for integrating assurance funds for taking care of the eventual emergence of exotic diseases (that are not present in Mexico) that could affect the pig sector.
On the other hand, he explained that the goal of the sector he represents is to improve the sustainability of its activities, hence the interest of producing biofertilizers with the farms' waste, and in order to do this they will include a committee, that will be invited to participate, into the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).
The director of the National Service of Agri-Food Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA), Mr Francisco Javier Trujillo Arriaga, stressed that in order to preserve the animal health status in the Mexican pig production it is also essential that the producers maintain the biosecurity levels in their production units and that they notify, when opportune, any abnormality that may appear.
We must mention that the pig industry is responsible for 500,000 direct jobs, two million indirect jobs, and that it is worth USD3,800 million. Pork consumption per capita is 18 kg/year.
Pig production in Mexico has shown an average yearly increase by 3%. Currently, 1,501,000 tonnes of pork are produced, and this meets 60% of the apparent national consumption.
To supply a market that demands more than 2,243,000 tonnes of pork per year, 873,000 tonnes of pork are imported from the USA and Canada, 697,000 of them being ham.
Also, Mexico exports 131,000 tonnes of pork products: 74% to Japan, 11% to the EU, 10% to South Korea ans 1.5% to China.
Thursday, February 28th, 2019/ SADER/ Mexico.