According to the official, the national market is currently being supplied with imported meat. However, Luís Gata argued that the national production has the capacity to change this panorama, although he considers that there are still some limar edges, such as the lack of slaughterhouses.
"There is a capacity that needs to be improved. For that, we need to make a deeper sense, capable of identifying where the cattle are and that will happen when the earrings are put", he said in statements to the Opaís newspaper, adding that it will be possible to conclude there is capacity and quality.
However, he said that "if there were an end to meat imports, we farmers would have an adequate response", revealing that producers have been struggling with some difficulties to sell the product: "we have had a lot of frozen meat because we can't sell it".
Luís Gata also revealed that the government and the banks have been able to finance the sector. The aim is to improve livestock production and consequently increase the supply of meat on the market.
He also said that the negotiations point to funding of around 100 million dollars, which, according to Luís Gata, will serve to rehabilitate the infrastructure used by livestock farmers.
If meat imports decrease, the quality of the meat that is sold will increase. According to him, the meat would no longer be frozen - as it is now because it comes from abroad - but would be sold fresh, thus improving the quality of the product that reaches the consumer's hands.