Boost for Chilean pork production

22-09-2006 | |

The production of pork in Chile is expected to grow by 14% this year. For 2007, a 20% growth is predicted.

These figures appear in a USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service document.
The growth is expected as a result of a strong export demand. As a consequence, the largest pork producers from the country are increasing production by having more sows. It is thought that imports will grow as well, as exports of pork are likely to outgrow production expansions.
Pork production has grown very rapidly during the last decade, with more than an 8% growth on a yearly basis. This production expansion is mainly due to a better efficiency and the transfer of the low grain prices to consumers, stimulating more consumption.
One of the causes for the Chilean success is its geographic isolation behind the Andes mountains; due to this the country has been able to keep an animal disease free environment. Economic stability and an open-market strategy also encouraged investments. In addition, there is a strong focus on controlling the production process.