Interporc discusses the 'essential role' of the pig industry in rural Spain

By Jenny Eagle

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Interporc highlights the importance of the Spanish pig sector. Photo: Interporc
Interporc highlights the importance of the Spanish pig sector. Photo: Interporc

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The Spanish pig industry is ‘an employment engine’ in rural Spain (municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants), where it generates 21,000 jobs. Half of the workforce is female, says Interporc (White Coated Pig Association).

Speaking at the recent 'Forum on Food and Environment' organized by Qcom, Alberto Herranz, director, Interporc, highlighted the fact tens of thousands of women work directly or indirectly across 2,275 pig industries in Spain, including slaughterhouses, cutting salts and processing factories.

Stable jobs

35% of the direct employment of the swine industry is located in municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants, with a concentration of more than 21,000 workers in the industrial sector, half of which are women. This gives you an idea of ​​the essential role of the pig sector in rural areas,​” he said.

It guarantees stable and quality jobs not only in the processing industries, but on farms and in auxiliary companies, giving job opportunities to young people so that they remain in these towns​.”

In terms of the environmental aspect, Herranz, added: “There is no production model in the world that complies with more demanding legislation regarding the care of the environment than ours. We have a very active role and we are making great strides in the fight against climate change because we are the first to have a genuine interest in caring for the environment in which we carry out our activity​. ”


“Also we are economically sustainable, because we generate a turnover of more than 17,000 million euros and we support 300,000 direct jobs and more than 1 million indirectly.”


Interporc is the Interprofessional Agro-Food Organization of the Pig of Capa Blanca, recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and has among its objectives to enhance the image of the pig sector of Capa Blanca in Spanish society.

It is a private organization, nationwide and made up of organizations for the production, transformation and marketing of the white-coated pig sector.

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