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MESO : The first Croatian meat journal, Vol.XVII No.2 March 2015. -

The production and consumption of pork make up a significant share of many countries’ total production and consumption of food products.

The demand for pork is determined by income and population growth, while besides being influenced by these same factors, pork production is also determined by the price of animal feed, primarily corn. Most pork is produced in Asia 57.4%, followed by Europe 23.6% and the Americas 17.4%. The most important world producers of pork are China 51%, United States of America USA 9% and Germany 4%. In the period from 2000 to 2012, the number of pigs in Croatia was constantly decreasing, although with some annual fluctuations, and this trend is expected to continue until 2016. The same goes for the degree of self-sufficiency which in 2016 should be slightly above 50%. The lack of domestic production would be compensated by the import of pigs for slaughter and the import of pork and pork products mostly from other EU countries. The insufficient production of pork is to a large extent a consequence of low competitiveness of domestic production by reason of the relatively small number of pigs per producer, inadequate technology and high corn prices in the world market. A significant step

forward for a large part of small producers is the change of breed composition and the production of products with higher added value such as kulen paprika-flavoured sausage, ham, prosciutto and the like.

pork; production-consumption balance; self-sufficiency; Croatia

Autor: prof. Ivo Grgić - ; Agronomski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Svetošimunska 25, Zagreb Magdale



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