The 24th World's Poultry Congress of the World's Poultry Science Association opened on August 5 with a ceremony in the Auditorium Iemanjá of the Bahia Convention Center in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The opening also included the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the association, and was attended by Dr. Bob Pym, association president; Dr. Edir N. Silva, president of the Congress; Jorge Alberto Mendes Ribeiro Filho, Brazil minister of agriculture, animal industry and supply; Jacques Wagner, governor of the state of Bahia; and Francisco Turra, president of the Brazilian Poultry Producers Association, UBABEF, among others.

Pym referred to the Olympic Games currently taking place in London, calling the Congress the Poultry Olympics — not only due to the importance of the event itself, but because it is being carried out in Brazil, one of the leading global players in the field. Moreover, there are 93 countries being represented, which expresses the global recognition of the event.

"It is our responsibility to continue with efficient and sustainable poultry production through science and technology," said Silva. Brazil accounts for 41 percent of the world broiler market. "The combination of natural resources, such as land and water, and human resources, research and educational institutions, has made Brazil one of the largest producers in the world," he said.

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Brazil’s domestic market accounts for two-thirds of production, while the remaining one-third contributes to the food security of more than 150 markets worldwide, said Turra, who also said that this growth is fully sustainable in its three aspects: economic, social and environmental. "From an economic point of view, we have natural resources and grains, and good climate for poultry production,” he said. “Among the major producers, Brazil is the only one that has not registered a single case of bird flu. It also has a low production of carbon dioxide, lower than in developed countries. In Brazil, a chicken produces half the emissions of a chicken in England."

Finally, the governor of Bahia invited businessmen to invest in his state, considering that it is produces less than is consumed there.