June 28, 2021

Argentina's pork represents 10% of three key meats in country, according to government official


Argentina's pork production barely represents 10% of the country's three key meats, according to Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Argentina, José María Romero.


This is despite the fact that, in the last 10 years, pork production has increased by 135%.


Pork has positioned itself as an excellent substitute for beef and its consumption grew 100% in Argentina — from eight kilos per person per year in 2010 to 16 kilos in 2020.


According to data from the Directorate of Swine, Poultry and Farm Animals, the swine trade balance was again positive in 2020, both in volume and value. The trade surplus was US$4.03 million, while in 2019, there was a trade deficit of US$47.3 million.


Likewise, pork exports reached US$62.12 million last year, an increase of 74% over 2019.


In contrast, imports fell by 30% to US$58.09 million. In volume, Argentina exported 34,704 tonnes of product weight, an increase of 65% over 2019, while the volume of imports was 20,142 tonnes (-36%).


- MAGYP (Argentina)