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Valcárcel encourages the pig livestock sector to maintain its "strength" in the international markets (18/09/2009)

The President of the Autonomous Community, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, encouraged farmers and entrepreneurs in the pig sector in the region to maintain its "strength" in international markets because, he said, "the prestige and quality of the pig Murcia has managed to open in times of crisis new routes in highly demanding market such as Russia or China. "

The chief executive was speaking at Murcia Lorca during the closing ceremony of the XLII National Week of Pigs, SEPOR 2009.

Over 60,000 people visited the fair these days, that has had this year with 300 exhibitors and copies of livestock from countries such as Germany, Belgium, France and Spain.

Valcarcel said that this event through various workshops that were organized, "has become a true benchmark" for the dissemination of scientific advances, "aimed at identifying possible solutions to overcome the effects of the current economic situation" .

The president of the Community stressed that the regional pig industry "has worked hard these years to achieve the maximum difference over other producers, with all indicators of confidence about food safety and animal health."

Thus, the regional pig population is free of diseases such as AD and very low percentages in salmonellosis.

The terms of food safety and animal welfare in the swine industry meet the requirements to export pigs and their products with the highest level of quality demanded by consumers.

The president of the Community noted that for this sector remain competitive, "we must continue joining forces among all (farmers and Administration) and influence all actions for the eradication and prevention of animal diseases, improving and refining the security measures Food. "

The best showcase of the sector against the crisis

SEPOR has become "a means by which we measure the current state of the regional livestock population, specifically the pig," said Valcarcel, who also described this event as "the best showcase" to promote the interests of livestock Murcia.

The Region of Murcia leads swine production rates, with 10 percent of total national census, and Lorca and the High Guadalentín is where the largest number of pig farms in Murcia, with 40 percent of the regional census .

The pork sector supports a very important part of Murcia economy, accounting for 20 percent of the regional final agricultural production, with 10,000 direct jobs, and annual revenue of 340 million euros.

SEPOR 2009 has also shown major developments in other herds of the region and the importance of achieving differentiation, compared to other producing areas, with the recovery of native species, such as flat Murcia.

Valcárcel thanked the professional agricultural organizations, cooperatives, and research institutions work, and encouraged them to remain faithful to this "important annual event to continue building confidence and momentum to date and hope the crisis."

Source: CARM

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