President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated the
Integradora Sukarne Lucero Agropark in the state of Durango. Mexico is the world’s seventh largest animal protein
producer. According to the FAO, it is
the sixth leading beef producer and exports 1.1 million head of cattle annually.
is a country that is now a food producing power; it is a country that is
growing and also becoming a leading food exporter.”
The “Integradora Sukarne Lucero” Agropark is Mexico’s
largest meat producing and processing complex and one of the world’s most
dynamic and modern ones. It is a
very important project in Mexico’s
primary sector and agricultural activities.
Nearly 10 billion pesos were invested, and 6,000 jobs were created
for Coahuila and Durango
and business opportunities were created for over 18,000 farmers and ranchers.
Production of 800,000 head of cattle per year, which
will become 240 thousand tons of meat, will be achieved. Sixty-five per cent of its production will be for
export, mainly to the United States
and Canada (30%), Asia (15%)
and Europe (10%).
Performance of the agri-food sector
· In 2015,
agricultural exports exceeded $26 billion USD, 4% more than in 2014 and 17% more than in
2012. This amount exceeds that of remittances ($24.792 billion USD), oil
exports (23.432 billion USD) and foreign exchange from international tourism
($17,457 billion USD).
· Thus, for the
first time in 20 years, the agricultural and fisheries trade balance achieved a
surplus of 1.617 billion USD.
· INEGI published
information on the performance of the economy in January of this year and
reported that January is a month in which economic activity grew at an
annual rate of 2.9 percent from January 2015 to January 2016.
· The activity of the
food sector has grown by 4.3 per cent, more than the average rate of the
· That same month,
agri-food exports exceeded $ 2bn, one of the highest figures for the beginning
of the year, in the last two decades.
"The meat that will be consumed in Mexico,
much of the meat that will be produced in this park and processed in this
AgroPark will be for the international market, but a lot will also be for the
Between 15 and 17 percent of the meat to be sold in
our country will come from this AgroPark.”