During the first half of 2014 Paraguay has set new records in the meat market accompanied with new international certifications. All of these factors create an opportunity for the country to reach higher position in international ratings.

The Animal Quality and National Health Service (SENACSA​​) noted that during the first half of 2014, animal products and by-products, generated revenues of USD 721.6 million, setting a new record.

Comparatively speaking, related to the same period during 2013, the figure was USD 688.5, which means that so far in 2014, there was an increase of 4.8%.

Furthermore according to the projections of the Paraguayan Meat Chamber, this year, the income will exceed USD 1.4 billion against USD 1.333 billion generated in 2013.

Beef in particular made ​​headlines during the first half of the year: this product has generated an income levels of USD 547.5 million, representing a growth of 7.3% compared to USD 509.8 million admitted between January and July 2013.

But what was the cause of this growth?

By far, this event is due to another event of big importance: the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) gave Paraguay, on May 29, 2014, the official certification of five diseases free country, an event of great importance in the field of global animal health, including FMD with vaccination.

Paraguay´s recertification from OIE establishes that the country is free of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Rinderpest, Equine Pest and Foot and Mouth Disease (health status recently recovered).

This year, Paraguay agrees, also, a new certification: PPR free country.

Certifications received constitute a vote of confidence from the OIE to the management of the entire livestock sector of the country, that is, through public-private joint work of the Rural Association of Paraguay (ARP) and SENACSA ​​through successful programs.

Markets

Russia ranks first in the ranking of meat markets of Paraguay; 62,721 tons were exported to that country, while towards Chile, there have been exported 21,068 tons and 12,496 tons to Brazil, occupying thus the third place.