ABPA changes leader
Brazil's Association for Animal Protein (ABPA) is changing its president today, Francisco Turra, the acting leader for the last 12 years, being replaced by Ricardo Santing, the executive director of ABPA. Turra is a former Minister of Agriculture who took over the institution when it was still called the Brazilian Chicken Exporters Association (ABEF) and had 23 members - today there are 140, being the largest entity in the sector. Since 2008, Turra has been largely responsible for transforming and strengthening the image of Brazilian poultry and pig farming abroad: it has secured an important share of the Asian market and export quotas to the European Union.
On the other hand, Ricardo Santin (53) is a lawyer specialized in political science and the current executive director of ABPA. Together with t Turra, Santin helped create the association, in 2014, from the merger of two other entities - the Brazilian Poultry Union (Ubabef) and the Association of Pork Producers and Exporters (Abipecs). Like Turra, Santin was born in Marau, in the northern region of Rio Grande do Sul, and with his fellow countryman, he will continue to share responsibilities in the sector, since Turra will continue on the entity's advisory board, informs ABPA in a press release.
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