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JOINT COMMUNICATION ASAJA, COAG, UPA and AVIANZA: The future of poultry meat production depends on the commitment of the entire agri-food chain.

  • The professional agricultural organizations ASAJA, COAG and UPA, as well as AVIANZA (Spanish Interprofessional Association of Poultry Meat), state their firm commitment to ensure a long-term sustainable supply of poultry meat.
  • The aforementioned organizations have been negotiating since last summer, with the sole purpose of implementing a Standard Contract to ensure effective compliance with the chain law.

Madrid, December 21, 2023. Agro-livestock production has been in a critical socio-economic context for almost 3 years, which requires a continuous dialogue between all stakeholders, including distribution companies. A dialogue in which we are united by our commitment to consumers.

Despite the generalized reduction in meat production and consumption, the sector maintains a positive trend, which should be reflected in the income of the entire value chain of this food, from production, integrating companies and all associated service industries.

The growth of the sector must be based on a balanced distribution of economic value among all agents, and in this respect, distribution companies have and must assume a fundamental role.

The organizations signing this communiqué are in the process of negotiating the conditions that should regulate the aspects of integration contracts in poultry meat production. A process that aims to consolidate an agreement in the first quarter of 2024.

Since April 2023, the Integration Executive Committee has been officially constituted with the objective of reviewing and updating the Bases of the Standard Integration Contract, which establishes the main guarantees and the framework for regulating the activity between the production companies (integrators) and their integrated companies (poultry farms), updating and improving production conditions and standardizing them at the national level.

This Executive Integration Committee is an operational instrument for constructive discussion and proactive negotiation of the relationship between integrator companies and farmers engaged in poultry meat production in Spain.

We must emphasize here the constructive nature of the work team, and ask for responsibility from all the actors in the production chain, betting on truthful communication, and fighting against the disinformation present in today's society.

In Spain, more than 1.6 million tons of poultry meat are produced each year, corresponding to 793 million birds, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 2022. Our poultry meat sector has earned a relevant position in the national and European context. Let us continue working along these lines.

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