Peru: A pig industry under construction

Source: Daniel Azevedo, Pig Progress, 3 February 2022, photo credit: ©destinyjung/123RF.COM

In the weeks and months leading up to the event United Pork Americas, Pig Progress takes a deep dive in pig countries in the Americas. What is pork production like in the various countries in both continents and what are the perspectives for development? Today: a closer look at Peru.

Not so long ago, Peru did not have a significant level of pig production. In recent years however, in par with the economic development, both production and consumption levels are slowly rising.

The last data regarding the pig sector in Peru published by the country’s ministry of agriculture and irrigation (Minagri) come from to 2020. Since 2014, Peru’s pig production increased 25.4% from 180,500 tonnes to 226,500 tonnes in 2020.

The Peruvian Association of Pig Farmers estimated there are 600,000 pork producers in Peru. The following numbers apply to these producers:

  • 76% produce to their own livelihood, which is equivalent to 48,000 tonnes of pork from 150,000 sows;
  • 12,000 tonnes are being produced at semi-intensive farms, the equivalent of 8,724 sows;
  • intensive farms produce 180,000 tonnes, which is 75% of annual production, equivalent to 87,240 sows.

Interestingly, about 98% of commercial pig farms began as a diversification of chicken producing companies.
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