Argentina in 2010 only exported 10% of the beef it produced, the lowest level since the foot and mouth disease crisis ten years ago.
According to the report production in 2010 fell 20.7% to 2.68 million metric tons. Exports fell 52.7% to 302,034 metric tons. Once the biggest exporter of beef in the world, Argentina now ranks tenth.
Paraguay passed Argentina exportation in 2010. as Uruguay had in 2009, according to a report by CICCRA ( Cámara de la Industria de la Carne). The report is quick to blame the executive branch of the Argentine government (ie. the president) for the decline in production.
Even domestic consumption fell 13.2%, to 2.38 million metric tons. This is significant since Argentines are the largest consumers of meat in the world. In 2010 they were left with a measly 58.8 kilos of beef each.
CICCRA blames the government for the loss of 3,500 jobs in the meatpacking industry, and 4,600 independent farmers. The report goes on to attack Julián Domínguez, the Minister of Agriculture, for not completing promises.