The poultry industry in Nicaragua plans to initiate efforts to obtain certification so that its plants can start exporting chicken meat to the United States.
Since the certification process can take up to three years, the aim of the poultry industry is to start early in order to be ready to start exporting to the US market before the end of the period of tariff reduction set by the DR-CAFTA.
Poultry farmers this year projected they will produce 657 million units, 11% more than last year.
The Nicaraguan Egg Commission in conjunction with the National Association of Poultry Farmers and Food Producers (ANAP) has projected an 11% increase in production of egg units this 2016, thanks to the fact that in November 2015 the sector had grown by 9.2 % and it reached 18.1 million boxes in the first eleven months of the year, reported Elnuevodiario.com.ni.
In the first half the year slaughter went up by 6% compared to the same period in 2014, and the industry expects to end 2015 with an annual increase of 8%.
In the case of egg production the increase during the first half of the year compared to the same period of 2014 was 11%, according to figures from the Central Bank of Nicaragua. Data from the entity indicates that between January and June 2015 production amounted to 24.8 million dozen. In this category, the poultry industry expects to close 2015 with an annual increase of 8%.
Governments are to certify a poultry plant in each country in order to formalize the process of exporting and importing, in an attempt to stabilize prices.
In order to solve the problem between merchants and egg producers in Nicaragua and Honduras, the respective governments have agreed to certify for importing and exporting one poultry plant in each country, with all the necessary requirements and in this way achieve price stability.
Traders want to import eggs from Honduras, but producers oppose it stating that local production is enough.
Although traders want to importeggs from Honduras, producers have voiced opposition, stating that local production is sufficient. According to the Nicaraguan Association of Poultry and Food Producers, 50 thousand boxes of eggs per day are produced, enough for consumption in the country.
In order to avoid further increases to the consumer, the government has allowed the import of 1,150 tons of duty free chicken.
The Nicaraguan Minister of Development, Industry and Commerce (Mific in Spanish), Orlando Solórzano, said the move is in response to an increase in the price per kilo from $2.15 to $ 2.44, made unilaterally by the distributors, without the endorsement of the authorities, and without respecting an agreement, which was "that the price of chicken would be kept frozen until December."
The Venezuelan Farming Minister has carried out inspections of the four main chicken processing plants in order to give the go ahead to their certification.
The factories inspected were Tip Top Industrial, Pipasa Nicaragua, Avícola la Estrella and Molino de Nicaragua S.A (Monisa) and are now ready to expor, commented Donald Tuckler, executive director of the Nicaraguan Food and Poultry Producers Association (Anapa).
Conditions have been satisfied to enable the export of 12,000 tons of chicken to Venezuela.
The director general of the Nicaraguan Food and Poultry Producers Association (Anapa), Donald Tuckler, explained that the final step is to obtain official Venezuelan certification for the four main producers: Tip Top Industrial, Pipasa, Avícola La Estrella and Monisa.
99.246 kilograms of chicken meat were exported in the first half of 2009, 70% less than the 326.682 kilograms exported in the same period of 2008.
Donald Tuckler, executive secretary at the Nicaraguan Poultry Producers Association (Anapa, spanish acronym), indicated that, given the failure of the sale to Venezuela, they are analyzing exporting to Guatemala and Costa Rica, recovering the Honduran market, maintaining exports to Dominican Republic, and "taking advantage of any other opportunity".
By September they should be carrying out the first exports of chicken to Venezuela.
Nicaraguan business have been doing an analysis of their individual industrial capacity, to determine the volume that they will be sending to the South American country, said Alfredo Velez, President of Anapa.