At the end of August, Paraguay had the lowest pork prices in South America, according to a report by the Paraguay Pig Producers Association (APPC).

According to the report, Paraguay’s pig sector is valued at $1.25 per kilogram of live weight, the lowest price for animals sent to slaughterhouses in the region.

Uruguay had the best price in the region, at US$2.13 per kilo, followed by Colombia at her US$2.03. Chile is her US$1.93. Argentina is US$1.86 and Brazil her US$1.39.

The report said China, Russia and Mexico recorded prices of $3.14, $2.07 and $1.94 respectively.

Both national and regional surpluses remain a highly concerning factor for the sector as they lead to lower prices.

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APPC President Jorge Ramirez said the devaluation coincided with higher production costs. He explained to La Nación newspaper that surpluses, both nationally and regionally, remain a very worrying factor for the sector, as they lead to lower prices.

This price is the lowest since January 2022 when he hit $1.40 per kilogram.

“In Paraguayan pig farming, one sector produces for export and the other for domestic consumption. He said.

He revealed that the international market pays US$1.25 per kilogram of live animal, while domestic market producers receive an average of US$0.94.


On the other hand, Ramírez commented that the cost of production is still quite high, which is why the farms continue to work with a negative balance of around 25% for each kilo produced.

Corn prices remain volatile, with some movement due to lower prices of corn, a staple of production.

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Source: Pig Process

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