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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), present their firm commitment to ensuring a long-term sustainable supply of poultry meat.
  • The aforementioned organizations have carried out negotiations since last summer, with the sole purpose of launching a Standard Contract that ensures effective compliance with the law of the chain

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

We are faced with a sector that, despite the general reduction in meat production and consumption, maintains a positive trend, which should be reflected in the income of the entire value chain of this food, from production, companies integrators 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 aspect, distribution companies have and must assume a fundamental role.

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

Since April 2023, the Executive Integration Committee was officially established, whose objective is to review and update the Bases of the Type Integration Contract, which establishes the main guarantees and the framework of action for the regulation of the activity between the producing companies (integrators) and their members (poultry farms), updating and improving the conditions of production, and standardizing them at the national level.

This Executive Integration Committee is an operational instrument for constructive debate and proactive negotiation of the relationship between integrating companies and farmers dedicated to the production of poultry meat in Spain.

We must emphasize here the constructive nature of the work team, and demand responsibility from all actors in the production chain, betting on truthful communication, and fighting against the misinformation 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 context. and European. Let's continue working along those lines.