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Brazil to be World's Largest Meat Producer

04 October 2013

BRAZIL - Brazil is set to become the world's largest meat producer.

Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Antonio Andrade, made the claim at the opening of the National Pork Week, in Sao Paulo this week.

"The current Brazilian harvest should exceed 200 million tons, and soon, the country will become the world's largest producer of meat," he said.

Underlining the importance of increasing domestic pork consumption, the minister also noted that the sector's pay has become attractive recently, with the fall in the cost of production.

Today, meat is Brazil's third largest export sector. In August this year, pork had a revenue of $132 million, exporting 52,000 tons.

National Pork Week was created to promote the consumption of the product and bring sustainability to the sector, which directly employs more than 700,000 people.

Pork consumption in Brazil is 15.6 kg per capita, while the average in the United States and in European countries is more than 30kg. Therefore, the Brazilian Association of Swine Breeders (ABCS) wants to increase the consumption of pork to 18 kg per capita by 2015.

Last week, during passage through Argentina, Antonio Andrade was in a meeting with Argentine Minister of Agriculture to expand pork exports to Argentina.

The National Pork Week runs until 16 Octoberand is a partnership between the Brazilian Association of Swine Breeders (ABCS), Grupo Pão de Açúcar and Extra, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), the Brazilian Association of Supermarkets (abras) and Sebrae.

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