Mexico has lost one million jobs in the pork industry in less than two years, said the president of the Veracruz State Association of Pig Farmers, José Luis Caram Inclán.
This is due to, what he calls, “excessive pork imports coming from the U.S.”
U.S. pork imports into Mexico have increased 100 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to the Mexican news site ElGolfo.info, up to 811,000 tons of pork.
"Unfortunately that’s how things are now,” he added, “Importing [this amount] of pork equals to 50 percent of our national production. This leads to job losses…that affect all pork-producing [Mexican] states, including Veracruz."
This has resulted in monetary losses in the high millions, Caram claimed.
"We are working with federal authorities…and the federal Congress because imports are now increasing every year,” he affirmed.
In addition, production costs have increased by 30 percent and retail prices have decreased 25 percent.
He described the situation as “critical” because, according to Camal, about 95 percent of pork consumed in Mexico comes from the United States.
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