Brazilians consume less fish than the world average. By 2019, fish farming wants to change this scenario.
Even with the adversities faced by fish farming in 2018, it can be considered as a positive year for the sector.
Francisco Medeiros, executive president of the Brazilian Fish Farming Association (Peixe BR) says: “Once again we made further progress than other animal protein sectors, in addition to the development as a production chain”.
In fact, despite the bureaucratic obstacles such as the long process for the fish farmers regulation, environmental issues regarding sanitary problems in the production hubs, as well as economic challenges (low GDP growth and high unemployment), the farm fish production in Brazil reached 722 thousand tons in 2018, a rise of 4.5% compared to 2017 and 25% higher than in 2014. The figures are from Fish BR
“Brazilian fish farming is like a sleeping giant (…), which has a great potential due to the country’s water resources, the favourable climate and the producers entrepreneurship”, says Medeiros.
It is worth emphasizing that the Brazilians never consumed as much fish as they do now. Even so, the annual 14 kg per inhabitant, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, is still below the global average of 20 kg. In addition, according to Peixe BR, only a third of the consumption is from Brazilian fish farms, which includes fish species such as tilapia, tambaqui and pacu. The remaining share is imported.
For all these reasons, there is room for growth and optimism in 2019. For instance, The Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock of Brazil (CAN) speaks of an increase in production of around 3%. “In terms of production, the expectation is for a slight decrease in costs, which, together with the reduction in supply caused by the lower restocking in 2018, will lead to an improvement in the producers’ profitability”, he states in his report.
Peixe BR bets on an increased demand. “Even with the supply growth year after year, there is still a lot to do, including the increase on the demand for farmed fish in Brazil, since the production capacity is much higher than consumption. There is an important action to be taken in 2019”, says Medeiros.
ANUTEC BRAZIL is the fair to boost the fish industry sales in the Country
In view of the positive outlook for fish farming in 2019, ANUTEC BRAZIL, International Supplier Fair for the Meat and Protein Industries, serves as the main business platform for this industry. The major players, such as Bettcher, Handtmann, Tecmaes, Multivac and Polyclip, among others, have already confirmed their presence at the next edition of the event, where they will present the latest technology in equipment for more than four thousand slaughterhouses from all over Brazil.
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