Nicaraguan milk exports increase 30%

Nicaragua will export between $84 and $100 million in milk in 2008, while in 2007 it exported $65 million.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Oscar Aleman, vice president of the Milk Producers' Association, Aproleche, said that the main buyer of milk products, especially cheese, is El Salvador, and hence they need to diversify the market in order to avoid concentration, which sometimes has difficulties not related to tariffs.

He believes that markets in Venezuela, Mexico, and the US are important and that they are not being exploited enough and that they are a good opportunity for the milk exporting market.

He pointed out that the Central American market for milk products is important since it has served as the platform to enter other countries.

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Increased demand, especially in emerging countries, has determined growth in the sector since 2008.

Studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), predict for the period 2008 to 2018, an increase in consumption of 33% in butter, 32% in whole powdered milk, 22% in cheese and 19% in the skimmed powdered milk.

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In 2009, authorities confiscated 1.7 million pounds of smuggled dairy products, worth $4.4 million.

Orlando Carranza is the President of Proleche, the Dairy Producers Association of El Salvador. He stated that smuggling is the industry's largest problem, and that the situation has worsened in the past year.

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