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If there was some food for thought that I brought back home after last week’s 25th Latin American Poultry Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, it was this: with poultry, we are in the right business.
I think there are many reasons to the rationale behind what Paul Aho said in his presentation during the congress. For one thing, Paul talked about the good times to come for the poultry industry in Latin America in the medium term. There are several factors: good world corn inventories and good prices, and high availability of soybeans and low prices. But Aho also foresees Brazil to continue producing and exporting more chickens, just like Argentina, in addition to Mexico continuing to produce even more and continuing to import more. About eggs – the most egalitarian protein – the good picture is similar, albeit at a lower rate. So, with poultry, we are in the right business.
We all know that pork is the meat with the highest production in the world. However, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), based on the recent growth rates of chicken that are double those of pork, by 2020 there will be more chicken than pork in the world. That is barely three years. Does this align with the previous paragraph?
It also seems to me that this spirit was reflected in the congress in general: high attendance to the conferences, many people circulating in the corridors and the high quality trade show. When I spoke with several of the exhibitors, many were satisfied, as were the visitors they saw and talked with. I also have to mention that many people came by our booth and we had many requests for subscriptions.
Congratulations, then, to the congress organization and to Mexico. The door is open and a great encouragement for the 26th edition in Lima, Peru, in 2019. What do you think?