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Argentina Reports Record Growth in Pig, Poultry and Dairy Production

25 October 2013

ARGENTINA - In the last ten years, poultry, pig and dairy production grew 170 per cent, 109 per cent and 43 per cent respectively. The per capita consumption of the three food sectors grew to 5 to 9.2 per cent per year, respectively, between 2003 and 2012.

Debora Giorgi, Minister of Industry, stressed that the poultry, dairy and swine sectors have enormous growth potential, not only to supply the domestic market also in terms of exports.

During a meeting held in the Hall Belgrano of the Ministry of Industry, Mr Giorgi said the Industrial Strategic Plan 2020 is a roadmap to advance ahead of the next decade and that the country has all the conditions to become a leading global food producer high with value added.

Mr Giorgi's employers raised the need to continue working to supply the growing domestic market and exporting as well. He said the state will continue with the delivery of soft loans to gain scale and productivity, find new markets to diversify exports and promote increased domestic consumption of poultry and pig meat.

Pig Sector

In the last ten years, production grew 109 per cent (at an annual average of 9 per cent). Per capita consumption increased by 60 per cent since 2003 (5 per cent year-on-year).

2012 exports increased by 57 per cent over the previous year and since 2003, grew at the rate of 5 per cent each year.

The different leaders agreed  to reach 822,000 tons of production (in 2012 became 331,000), consumption of 13kg per person (in 2012 was 9kg), and exports by $ 451 million (exports 13 million) by 2020.

Poultry Industry

From 2003 to 2012, poultry production increased by 170 per cent (at a rate of 12 per cent each year). Per capita consumption increased by 116 per cent from 2003 to 2012 (average 9 per cent annual rate). 2012 exports increased 23 per cent over the previous year. Since 2003 year increased by an average of 36 per cent.

In 2020, the sector plans to reach a production of 3 million tons (in 2012 there were 1.9 million), reaching a per capita consumption of 50 kg (now is 40kg) and export of 2.475 million dollars (in 2012, 530 million).

Dairy Industry

Between 2003 and 2012, production increased by 43 per cent (an annual average of 4 per cent. Consumption per capita increased by 20 per cent since 2003, an average of 2 per cent annually. Since 2003, exports grew by 422 per cent (yearly average of 20 per cent).

The 2020 IEP goals for the sector is to reach a production of 18,200 million liters of milk annually (in 2012 11,383 were locally Millions), per capita consumption of 235 per person (today's 214), and exports by 3,248 million (1,542 million in 2012).

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