Havana, November 20 (RHC)-- Animal production in Latin America must achieve environmentally and socially sustainable production systems while respecting animal welfare and promoting biodiversity.
Delegates from twenty nations in Latin America, Europe and Asia are attending the forum, which has received over 900 scientific papers available to participants.
Delegates will examine challenges posed by progressively degrading environment, water sources, animal feed sources and the expansion of huge transnational enterprises that force the ruin of small producers.
These deficiencies and the concentration of resources in fewer hands have financially strangled many small animal producers, who must be helped in their respective nations. Governments should care for them, however small, the meeting was told by the regional chairwoman Raquel Perez in her keynote speech.
Governments – she added-- must also pay attention to the deterioration of the environment, of the ecosystems, climate, air, soils and biodiversity, and noted that Latin America and the Caribbean is a geographical area with wide diversity which demands close and detailed attention.