Traceability to give Nicaraguan beef a passport to US markets

Beef is Nicaragua's number two export, with the United States as the principal customer, but from 2010 the US will refuse entry unless comes with a traceability certificate.

Monday, May 19, 2008

With aid from the Inter-American Development Bank, a project has been launched to make traceability available to all of Nicaragua's cattle-ranchers. Some 7,000 have already benefitted from the scheme, which currently covers four municipalities.
Bovine traceability has become all the more important because the European Union is expected to insist on it in its association agreement with Central America



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February 2013

While some sectors are tracing their animals on a voluntary basis, the country does not have a law which allows the government to manage a national livestock traceability system.

"A traceability system is very important for a country, and adopting a system like this involves a series of changes ranging from the perspective of producers, to new technologies and investment techniques for all those involved", explained Alejandro Diaz, an international specialist in agricultural health.

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