The president of the National Cattlemen Nicaragua (Conago), René Blandon stated that if successful, beefexports to that country would reach 22 tons per year.
"Conago also hopes to improve the livestock value. Blandon said that 'the price they are paying in Venezuela, which is $ 1.30 per kilo, is better than other markets including Central America and Puerto Rico. That makes it attractive and stimulates the small farmer," stressed Blandon, according to La Prensa.
In the first six months of the year foreign sales of meat, dairy products and livestock from Nicaragua reached $234.5 million.
In the same period of 2009, sales totaled $182,614.
Ronald Blandón, CEO of Nicaraguan cattle farming association, CONAGAN, told Elnuevodiaro.com.ni that, “2010 looks like being a year of growth for our sector. The outlook for all livestock products is positive with growth of 8% forecast”.
After a year and a half of not exporting, Mexico has approved in principle the entry of Nicaraguan meat for six months.
During the month of May, Mexican animal health authorities, inspected slaughterhouses and industrial plants in order to determine the validity of the authorizations for exportations for the next two years.
Entrepreneurs in the meat industry believe that the increase in exports of live cattle will affect the future of the herd.
"The industry's concern is that Guatemala has already imported 3437 tonnes of cattle, where a large amount of the animals have not met the technical criteria set out in the Ministerial Decree number 027-2007, issued in September 2007 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (Mific)", reported Laprensa.com.
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