Beef Exports To Exceed 100,000 Tonnes

MEXICO - It is likely that exports of beef this year will exceed 100,000 tonnes, which confirms that Mexican companies are demonstrating their ability to work together and attend international markets with the support of the Federal Government, commented Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Francisco Mayorga Castañeda .
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SAGARPA said, as part of the opening ceremony of Veracruz Meat Symposium 2011, that in the past five years, Mexican exports of beef have grown 40 per cent annually, without neglecting the country's domestic supply.

Mr Mayorga Castañeda noted that in 2010 Mexico had record foreign sales of beef of 86,000 tons (including fresh, frozen, offal and processed), double what was achieved in 2009.

The state governor, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, reported that the livestock sector in Veracruz is one of the most advanced production areas, contributing over 14.7 per cent of national production of beef, with an approximate inventory of 4.2 million head of cattle. The state produces 251,238 tons of carcases a year, one of the largest beef producing areas in Mexico.

He said that export opportunities looked strong, with exports this year of 500,000 tons of beef to Japan, doubled shipments to US, and, beginning in 2012, sales to Russia and South Korea.

In the case of Veracruz, cattle farming takes place in about 116,000 units of livestock production, and income from cattle production in this area is more than 50 per cent of the total value of agricultural production in the state.

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