29th April 2010
The 10th edition of the Syva Dialogues on the Iberian pig ¡s a great success
On 29th April the 10th edition of the Dialogues on the Iberian pig, organized by Laboratorios Syva, was held in Fregenal de la Sierra (Badajoz)
On this occasion approximately 500 professionals from the Iberian pig sector registered: producers, veterinarians, industrial managers, representatives of the Administration and of Universities.
The tenth edition opening ceremony had the added attraction of the presence of G. Fernández Vara, president of the Regional Government of Extremadura, who emphasized the importance of the Iberian pig sector to the economy of Extremadura in his speech, not only in financial terms but also because of its fundamental role in preserving the “dehesa” pastureland ecosystem and in stabilising the rural population.
At the ceremony Luis Bascuñán stated that “it has been shown that the sector is looking towards the future with great expectation. Gathering together 450 to 500 professionals again in Frenegal is very important and demonstrates how active and hopeful the sector is in the face of a future in which only those most professional will remain in the field.” Bascuñán also advocated continuing to work along the lines of asserting truly Iberian products as a first grade source of wealth with ham being the star product among them.
The first conference of the 10th edition was given by Ramón Tamames, Professor of Economic Structures of the Autonomous University, a prestigious economist and politician. His paper focused on the defence of the Iberian pig fed on acorns (via differentiation, marketing, associationism / cooperativism and export) and preservation of the “dehesa” pastureland, currently threatened by drought. Regarding this he asked for a plan to fight against this disease coordinated by the Spanish Science Research Council. He spoke about the LIFOs: last in, first out, referring to investors who alighted in the Iberian pig sector during a bonanza and who were the last to arrive and the first to leave.