Fernando Mattos called on Latin American countries to open agricultural trade

Fernando Mattos called on Latin American countries to open agricultural trade

The head of the MGAP pointed out that the region demonstrates “productive efficiency”, but that there are problems in the functioning of the markets.

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He Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), Fernando Mattoscalled the countries of Latin America to greater commercial openness to be able to take advantage of its productive efficiency in agricultural matters and overcome the subsequent “operation problems” of the market.

Within the framework of a virtual conference organized this Sunday by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to present his latest report titled “About ‘failed’ food systems and other narratives”, the head of the MGAP stood out as one of the main exponents.

There, Mattos highlighted that the report shows that Latin America is an efficient region in terms of agricultural production and that it does not present “failed systems”, but that there are “problems in the functioning of international markets”so it is necessary to “work to open trade more.”

“Must promote sciencetechnology, research to develop new production techniques that offer a response, preserving our natural resources, but meeting the international demand for food,” said Mattos.

On the other hand, the leader mentioned the exponential population growth in the world: “In 25 years there will be 2,000 million more inhabitants in the world. We will have to produce 50% to 60% more food to serve everyone.” this population”. In turn, he remembered a phrase from the deceased American agronomist and geneticist Norman Bourlag: “Peace cannot be built on empty stomachs.”

The real price of agricultural food is 14% lower than in the 1960s and 1970s

In another order, it was reported that the real price of agricultural foods is 14% lower than in the 1960s and 1970s, with an increase in land use of less than 9%.

However, the population grew from 3 billion inhabitants to 8 billion inhabitants since 1960, and production increased 30% more available calories and almost 35% more protein per capita.

Mattos highlighted the importance of the agricultural sector, which allows humanity to be supplied with food at increasingly affordable prices, and highlighted the need to generate conditions of sustainability, recalling the commitment that Uruguay maintains in that sense.

Source: Ambito

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