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Uncertainties rule the global meat market due to both COVID-19 and ASF

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New ASF outbreaks reported in China and the development of the same crisis in Germany, Poland and Romania worry representatives of the Spanish meat industry.

Posted on Mar 22 ,05:56

Uncertainties rule the global meat market due to both COVID-19 and ASF

The last meeting of the ANICE Meat Group, held last week, pointed out that uncertainties are going to rule the global meat trade for at least o couple of years are both ASF and COVID-19 crisis are having an impact on the markets. New ASF outbreaks reported in China and the development of the same crisis in Germany, Poland and Romania have been mentioned as factors that will maintain a high demand for meat pork in Spain, with export destination to Asia, and especially to China fort 2 to 4 years, mentioned Juan Pedro Florido, President of the Group and Director of Operations of ElPozo Alimentacion, quoted by Carnica magazine. However, in this time horizon, a recovery in the Chinese pig inventory or the opening of this market to Russian pork may create a shock wave between exporters.
On his part, Jaime Yartu, president of the ANICE Beef Group, explained the situation of the beef sector, which has been greatly affected by the difficulties that the hospitality industry has gone through. "Production in the European Union fell by 1.5% last year and is expected to fall another 0.5% this year", he stressed. Also, in the international arena, although new markets such as Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines have recently been opened, Yartu stated that exports to these countries will not be enough to alleviate the effects of the closure of the Algerian market in 2020, which accounted for a good part of the foreign trade of Spanish beef.
Finally, concern was expressed about the constant attacks on meat, unjustified and without medical or scientific grounds to support them. The members of the group agreed on the need to value the animal protein production industry, work together against these attacks and demand from politicians the attention and defense that the sector deserves.

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