Steady Livestock Growth Over Past 10 Years11 November 2011
MEXICO - Primary-livestock activities have the highest average annual growth over the past 10 years, at a rate of 3.6 per cent annually, exceeding the growth of human population of the country. This was the message at the Eighth National Meeting of Livestock.
Livestock is one of the fastest growing primary activities during the last decade, which is reflected in a profitable and sustainable livestock production and ensuring an affordable food supply, said the Coordinator General of Livestock Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Everardo González Padilla.
"There is only one quarter in which the official data from the Bank of Mexico reflected that the Livestock Gross Domestic Product did not present an upward trend," he said.
Mr Padilla González said that out of 236 countries, Mexico ranked fourth and fifth place in the production of chickens and eggs, seventh for beef and eighth place for honey and milk.
"This sector's growth has allowed annual per capita availability of 55 kg of meat, 21 eggs, 97 gallons of milk and half a kilo of honey for more than 112 million people living in our country," he said.
In the event organised by the National Confederation of Livestock Organisations (CNOG), Mr Padilla Gonzalez said that this activity is strategic for the national economy and trade of livestock products in the world by maintaining an upward trend.
He added that by strengthening the livestock sector the Federal Government, through the SAGARPA, can drive livestock programmes directed towards investment in public goods, productivity, strategic projects of national or regional impact, healing and scientific, technological and training.