Aragón takes leading role in Spanish pig industry, with producers investing over 500 mio. euros in the region

The president of Aragón, Mr. Javier Lambán, has chaired a meeting with company representatives of the pig sector of Aragon for the creation of the National Porcine Cluster. The formal constitution of the cluster and the presentation of its strategic plan will be celebrated in November.

The establishment of a cluster of pig producers will contribute to boost the sector as a whole, facing its main challenges and improving its levels of competitiveness, by launching joint initiatives aimed at taking advantage of new business opportunities and launching projects for innovation, sectoral collaboration and internationalization.

Representatives of Ars Alendi, Vall Companys, Piensos Costa, Portesa, Jorge Group, Inga Food, Livestock Cooperative of Caspe, Uvesa, Copiso, Pig Champ pro Europa, Cuartesa, Arcoiris, Guissona Food Group, Porcine Sanitation Group, the Porcine Association ANPS, the association ANPROGAPOR and Leridana de Piensos have signed the commitment of promotion and adhesion to the Cluster.

Aragón is the second Autonomous Community in pig production, behind Catalonia: At present, Aragón produces around 13.5 million pigs, 25% of the total of the country and equivalent to 1,353,000 tons of pork meat, or a value of 1,624 million €.The pig production industry accounts for 3.5% of the regional GDP, more than 3,900 pig farms are distributed throughout the Community.

From the beginning of the legislature until 2020, the pig sector is expected to invest around 500 million euros and create 5,000 new jobs in Aragón. Many of these investments are already under way, ie the expansion projects of companies such as Vall Companys, Pini (in Binéfar and Albelda), Jamones Albarracín, Portesa, Arcoiris, Grupo Jorge, Espuña and Grupo Costa, among others.

Sources: Aragón Digital,