This week in Agribusiness & Food, Ross Gordon, CEO of Aquaculture Advisory, says that companies in the aquaculture sector could become really big in the upcoming years given their importance in solving many of the sustainable problems in the world. Meanwhile, Mexico closes 2021 by continuing to be a world-renowned agro-export power. Finally, the Food Safety and Health Program for 2022 has been published.
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Ross Gordon, CEO of Aquaculture Advisory and an MBN Expert Contributor, shares how the next Unicorn could be found in the aquaculture sector, due to its growth in investment interests. “Aquaculture’s economics are straightforward: primarily maintaining animal health to increase production while controlling operational costs. An interesting business ecosystem has developed over the last decade between the tech industry, incorporating artificial intelligence and computer vision, and aquaculture, where the latter’s needs for real-time data management, FCR optimization, genetic augmentation, and system automation are being addressed both by tech startups and legacy enterprises,” says Gordon. Oftentimes, what we must seek out is right in front of us, and this case is no different. Aquaculture is an industry that checks off all of the market’s needs and ticks off the most important feature for investors: achieving strong economic growth.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER) published the Rules of Operation of the Agri-Food Health and Safety Program for 2022. This program entails ensuring food self-sufficiency and the rescue of the Mexican countryside and is aligned with the already existing plan “National Plan of Development 2019-2024. “This new plan underlines as a priority to advance towards a new fair, healthy and sustainable agri-food and nutritional system, through the increase in the productivity of healthy and fit to eatfood, the responsible use of soil and water, and the inclusion of historically excluded sectors. The actions of the new plan are divided into strengthening the inspections, improving and maintaining the phyto and zoosanitary status of the country, increasing training, technical support and certification of good practices; strengthening the health and safety of fishery and aquaculture products, and strengthening the biosafety policy for the protection of national agrobiodiversity.
SADER announced that Mexico has a sanitary status of the highest level, internationally recognized, positioning itself as the seventh world exporter of agri-food, fisheries and aquaculture products. “The numbers and records are important and motivate us to continue growing, but we never forget that behind the foreign trade figures there are success stories of companies, producers and people who are the face of the transformation of the Mexican countryside,” commented the Head of Agriculture, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula. Mexican food exports currently reach 192 countries, posing new opportunities to be explored in 2022.