Chile produced in total about 520,000 tonnes of pork in 2012. Making it Latin America’s number three, it is kind of interesting which percentages are made by others on this list.
It’s not very surprising which country was at the top in 2012 – Brazil, by far the largest – produced 3,465,000 tonnes, achieving a 50% score for Latin America. Of every two pigs produced in Latin America, roughly one is in Brazil.
Mexico comes second with 1,239,000 tonnes (18%), although in these figures the effects of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) have not been included.
Total numbers produced drop quickly after Chile – Argentina (305,000 tonnes), Colombia (239,000 tonnes) and Ecuador (205,000 tonnes) take positions 4, 5 and 6 respectively, see Figure 1.
Just exactly how much do these figures mean on a world scale? Just compare it to China (over 50,000 tonnes) or the United States (over 10,000 tonnes) and it quickly becomes clear – there is still a lot of growth potential. After all, Latin America is still known for its beef…
This information is compiled on the basis of information shared by Dr Alberto Stephano at the World Nutrition Forum 2014. He based his presentation on data gathered by PIC Latin America and Dr Osler Desouzart.