Purchase of equipment for quality testing and adjustments in health checks are part of the plan that Panama will implement in order to start exporting meat.
The Ministry of Agricultural Development's plan involves changes to the health system, incorporating new technology for quality controls.The aim is to deliver, in mid-2017, the equivalency questionnaire to the Food Safety Inspection Services at the US Department of Agriculture.
In 2015 the region as a whole imported $96 million worth of processed meat, led by El Salvador, which imported $25 million, followed by Guatemala with $22 million, and Honduras, with $16 million.
Figures onForeign Trade in Sausages Meat and Similar Products in Central America,analyzed by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData.com show that in 2015 the countries of Central America imported 33,528 tons of processed meat, equivalent to $96 million.
Infant milk formula and yogurt are the derivatives which recorded the highest increases in demand between September 2015 and August 2016, compared to the same period last year.
The figures presented in the National Dairy Congress in Costa Rica, held in October, indicate that demand for dairy products grew at a rate of 6.5% last year, driven by increased demand for products such as yogurt in its different presentations, milk formula and cheese, among things.
The Guatemalan company Castillo Hermanos has acquired 100% of the equity interest of Sociedad Alimentos de Primera, a manufacturer of the Bonlac brand of dairy products in Panama.
Corporación Castillo Hermanos will now participate in the dairy market in Panama, through Sociedad Alimentos de Primera S.A., which until recently was owned by the Panamanian company Empresa Panameña de Alimentos S.A
A bill proposes extending to the agribusiness sector the incentives outlined in Law 28, such as exemption from export tax and import of raw materials.
From a statement issued by from the National Assembly:
Extending the benefits of Law 28 of 1995 on the organization of production incentives, better known by its initals (in Spanish) ROI, was proposed through a bill put forward by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Aceitera Real has started operating a plant generating energy from waste in order to supply themselves and sell the surplus to the national grid.
The company also opened a fractionation palm oil plant, also in Chinandega.The renewable energy generation plant has the capacity to generate 7.5 kwh, of which the company will consume 6.4 KwH, explained the CEO of the company, Horacio Rappacciolli, to Elnuevodiario.com.ni.
Formalizing the sector and improving the implementation of sanitary measures would make it possible to exploit the export potential and take advantage of growing international demand.
It has been reported that there are 37 cheese processing plants certified by the Institute of Animal and Plant Health Protection (IPSA), 36 of which make cheese for export.Figures from the Business Intelligence unit at CentralAmericaData com indicate thatin 2015 Nicaragua led the export of milk and milk productsin the region, with $200 million worth of products sold.The country's dairy export potential can be better exploited in order to improve sales of cheese abroad.
It is estimated that in 2017 imports of meat and meat products from China will continue at high rates, due to lower levels of local production.
From a publication by Eurocarne:
The Department of Agriculture has drawn up one of its reports on forecasts for production and trade of meat and meat products in Japan.As indicated, in Japan there is still a reduction in the livestock censuses in the absence of generational change.Consumption also remains very stable.In light of this situation, the USDA estimates that in 2017 the situation seen in 2016 will will be repeated, that is to say there will be very high levels of imports.
It has been announced that in 2017 construction will start of a free zone for agribusinesses in Siquirres, Costa Rica, with a planned investment of $200 million.
The Free Zone to be called "Free Hold Free Zone" will be located in Siquirres, said Rogelio Douglas, CEO of Caribbean Sustainable Development, an organization focused on attracting investment to the province of Limon.In a first phase the free zone will have a constructed area of 73,000 square meters, divided into commercial and office areas.
Promoted as healthy food, dried meat snacks are gaining more market as consumption grows among US citizens.
From a statement issued by PROCOMER:
As the price of cattle decreases in the US meat processors are seeing a positive context for their products.
In recent years, dried meat snacks (popularly known asjerky) have gained in popularity due to trends in diets based on more protein and less sugars and fats which is why manufacturers have reduced the levels of salt and fat in these products in order to promote them as a healthy and convenient food.