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Brazil Brings Transparency to Beef Production

23 April 2012

BRAZIL - This week, the CNA The Brazilian Agriculture and Livestock Confederation (CNA) has launched the Agricultural and Livestock Management Platform (PGA), which will hold all digital and online information relating to the registration and transporting of cattle throughout the Brazilian territory.

The PGA will be administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle Rearing and Food Supply (MAPA), providing a transparent and fast way to collect information about the country's beef production chain.

With the integration of various control systems, including sanitation, for the entire country, national and foreign consumers can now feel even safer when it comes to Brazilian meat.

CNA President Kátia Abreu said: "Brazil's meat exports have grown by almost 300% over the last 20 years and we have the right conditions to produce even more, in a sustainable manner, and enter new markets. But this requires a fast, modern information system.

"The PGA offers the conditions needed for Brazil to consolidate its significant position as a producer and exporter of beef."

Last year, the country became the top exporter of beef in the world, with 1.4 million tons CWE (Carcass Weight Equivalent), and second largest producer, with 9.2 million tons CWE.

Traceability

The PGA's and 27 Brazilian States' systems will be integrated over the following couple of months, allowing for the collection of information from all the producing regions over the vast 8.5 million square kilometres that make up the national territory.

All information regarding the Brazilian herd will be available in digital format as of the 1st of June, 2012, and stored in a Single Data Warehouse at the Ministry of Agriculture.

In addition to the Single Data Warehouse, the new PGA will also contain two other modules, with information from SISBOV [the Brazilian Bovine and Bubaline Identification and Certification System Brazilian] and SIGSIF [Management Information System of the Federal Inspection System]. These two systems will be launched by the end of 2012.

Consumer safety

Minister of Agriculture Mendes Ribeiro Filho believes that the PGA will make consumers, at home and abroad, feel safer about Brazilian beef.

He explained that the model, which is initially focusing on livestock, will expand to include other areas in the future.

"The platform shows we are in a new chapter, clearly and accurately organising our production chain to make consumers feel safer. Of course, we need to strive even further and Brazil is prepared to achieve its objectives", he stated, adding that one of the goals set by the MAPA is to ensure the reliability of Brazil's products and turn the country foot-and-mouth disease-free by the end of the year.

Senator Kátia Abreu stressed that the cooperation agreement signed between the CNA and MAPA, in 2009, allowed the development of the PGA and thus the systems being presented, including to countries that import Brazilian meat.

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