Livestock in Panama

The Panamanian cattle herd grew from 762 thousand heads in 1961 to 1.6 million in 2008 and needs to strengthen its sustainable development.

Monday, October 4, 2010


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Alejandro Acosta, Livestock Development Officer of FAO, states on an article in Prensa.com, "if there are no changes in production systems, by 2050, the number of hectares of pastures in Panama will have increased about 45 % from 535 thousand hectares in 2008 to 2,335 hectares in 2050. There are technological alternatives which can help reverse this trend and encourage more sustainable development of the livestock sector in the country. One of them is promotion of sustainable pastures."

With the currently used production technology, the beef demand in Panama, which grew from 21 thousand tons in 1961 to 61 thousand tons in 2007, may bring negative implications on environmental resources and to an increase in the number of hectares used for pasture.

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