Food production stats

Eggs and beef up, chicken and Espada down

Beef cattle - Food production stats showed an upward trend

The Dairio reports online today on a series of detailed figures on food production figures in the archipelago released by the Department of Regional Statistics (DREM).

Egg production exceeded 23.1 million units in 2021, increasing by 16.4% compared to the previous year, reveal data collected from companies in the Region that work in the poultry industry. A contrary trend was registered in the slaughter of chicken, whose volume was around 3.2 thousand tons, which represents a decrease of 6.7% compared to 2020.

In turn, cattle slaughter totalled 963.9 tonnes in 2021, growing 3.8% over the previous year. This increase was observed in both slaughtered cattle and pigs (+3-3% and +11.9%, respectively). The species that most contributed to the total food production was the bovine breed (93.0% of the total), according to DREM.

Food production stats – fish

In the field of fisheries, data provided by the Regional Directorate of Fisheries (DRP) show that the year 2021 was characterized by a 6.7% increase in the quantities of fish caught, with the annual total being 5.2 thousand tons.
The value of the first sale fell by 3.0% for fish, with an annual accumulated value of around 14.1 million euros.

Espada suffers a 12.3% fall. The evolution in quantities resulted mainly from the increase in tuna and similar catches (+21.7%), although mackerel and mackerel catches also increased by 23.1% and 24-7%, respectively. Espada (black scabbardfish) registered a 12.3% drop in catches compared to the previous year.

Tuna and the like remained the most abundant species in 2021, totalling 2,800 tonnes (54.1% of the total fishery unloaded), followed by Espada, which reached a total of 1,900 tonnes. (36.1%). In terms of revenue from the first sale, tuna and the like recorded a slight increase, of 0.5% compared to 2020, totaling 6.8 million euros, while black scabbardfish decreased by 13-4%, to a value of 5-5 million euros.

In 2021, the average price of fish calculated at the first sale (excluding in these calculations unloaded fish intended for self-consumption) decreased by 8.7% to €2.75 (€3.02 in 2020), reaching in the case of black sword €3.02 (€3.04 in 2020) and for tuna and similar products €2.43 (€2.93 in 2020).

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3 thoughts on “Food production stats”

  1. As for the drop in the quantity of Espada whereas other fish numbers have risen, is it due to the fishermen switching to catching other types OR a drop in the number of Espada being there to be caught?

  2. I was lead to believe that Espada only lived around the Madeira islands so having read the above I looked them up and found that they spend their lives in a huge area of the north east Atlantic from the waters off Iceland and Faroe islands they move down past Ireland and western Britain and head on to Madeiran waters which are their spawning waters. Another point I didn’t know was that they can be toxic! They carry parasites and toxic metals due to their diet. An article from Wikipedia is well worth reading:–


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