Argentina: Pork producers warn that importing pork from Brazil could bankrupt the sector

Published May 19, 2024

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In 2023, Argentina ranked as the country with the second highest meat consumption per capita. Despite being in 11th place for pork consumption, domestic pork consumption has significantly increased in recent years, averaging 11.51 kg per person in 2021 and estimated to reach 15.41 kg in 2024. However, the government's decision to open pork imports, particularly allowing competitive prices from Brazil, has led to concerns about unfair competition and the future of local producers. The use of growth hormones and the additive ractopamine, which is prohibited in Argentina but common in Brazil, further levels the playing field against local producers. The Argentine Swine Federation and the Chamber of Pork Producers of Entre Ríos have voiced their concerns to the government, highlighting the potential negative impacts on local producers and the unfair competition faced from Brazil.
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In 2023, Argentina ranked second in the ranking of countries that consume the most meat per capita. However, in terms of pork consumption, Argentines are not in the first positions, occupying 11th place. Even so, and especially due to the increases in beef, domestic pork consumption has grown a lot in recent years. : In 2021, each Argentine consumed an average of 11.51 kg of pork per year. In 2024, per capita consumption was estimated at 15.41 kg per inhabitant in March. Given this panorama, anyone could think that the sector is going through a moment of boom and growth, but the policies implemented by the government of Javier Milei complicated the panorama again, since it recently carried out an opening of imports, which includes, precisely, to pork, leaving an uncertain future for local producers. The main problem they face now is that this measure regarding the import of pork leaves everything ready for Brazil, a country neighboring Argentina, to enter the local market with ...
Source: Agromeat
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