South America’s on track to become the feed industry’s world leader
The Latin American animal feed industry is alive. With steady and remarkable growth, progress is being made every year, including during the pandemic period. In addition, the industry in the region is committed to improving quality and processes across different countries and Latin America.
The Latin American Animal Feed Industry Association, Feedlatina, will host this week’s first post-pandemic regional feed standardization workshop in Mexico City. With the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Federation of Feed Industry (IFIF), and the Local Association of Feed Manufacturers in Mexico (Conafab), the workshop will be held just 15 years after its establishment. The association gives the world a lot of courage and determination.
In the keynote, Feedlatina President Pablo Azpiroz gave an overview of the local industry. Latin America is estimated to have produced 178.5 million tonnes of feed in 2021, and Brazil and Mexico are the third and fifth largest feed producers in the world, accounting for 67% of the total region increase.
Among many other speakers, Roberto Betancourt, a member of the IFIF Board of Directors, presented a very positive presentation and a message of unity on behalf of IFIF. He very clearly stated that the world feed industry was one of the first industries to have a unified voice to facilitate communication. He also emphasized the need to incorporate sustainability into feed production, but considering improved efficiency and resource use, the livestock industry as a whole is one of the most sustainable.
Finally, Betancourt stated that Feedlatina is very important to IFIF as the future of the feed industry lies in Latin America. He predicts that within 10 years the region will surpass the United States, EU and China to become the world’s largest feed producer. Doesn’t sound crazy. Latin America has two of the world’s largest producers of corn and soybeans. Brazil and Argentina. In the case of Mexico, despite the shortage of grain, it is on par with the United States.
So the basics are there. All this represents a major social responsibility in the food production chain, both for the local population and for the rest of the world. Hopefully, with proper standardization practices, this can be achieved by incorporating sustainability into the process and taking quality and traceability into account.
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