The self-declaration of the bird flu in Peten could be extended to other departments, fostering new investments and the possibility of exporting to Nicaragua, Venezuela and the Caribbean.
After 16 years of not being able to export eggs, Petén is the first department to achieve self-declaration of being free from low pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in compliance with national and international standards, and as part of a gradual process which the government intends to complete in order to declare the self-declaration in other areas of the country in 2017 and 2018, which would generate new export opportunities for the poultry industry.
Approval has been given to exemption of import tax for a first contingent of egg cartons.
With this duty free import a solution is underway to the problem of local shortages caused by a fire in the only factory producing such packaging in the country.Panamaamerica.com.pa reports that "...Moldeados Panameños, S.A. estimated they will be able to restore operations in about 10 months. "
The union of poultry farmers reported an increase of 8% in the first ten months of the year compared to the same period in 2015.
The National Association of Poultry Farmers of Panama (ANAVIP) recorded an increase in consumption of poultry meat in the country, of up to 87 pounds per person at the end of 2015.The ANAVIP figures also show increased egg consumption, which at the end of 2015 stood at 154 per person, 17 units more than in the previous year.
Panamanians are spending over $125 a year on egg and chicken meat consumption, and in the last 10 years, annual consumption went from 63 to 87 pounds.
An article on Capital.com.pa reports that "...Panama's poultry industry is one of the most efficient in the country, however, it faces new challenges which have to do with the search for new markets, coping with frequent power blackouts that decimate production and also deal with the arrival of imported products, guaranteed by Free Trade Agreements (FTA) signed by Panama. "
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.
Agricultural production in Mexico is favored by the devaluation of the peso, which has encouraged smuggling to Guatemala of pork products, coffee, poultry and eggs.
The union of entrepreneurs in the agricultural and livestock sector is claiming that it is now not only pork which is being traded illegally on the border, but other products such as coffee, eggs and poultry.
It has been announced that from January 2016 eggsmarketed in the country must have a label with information indicating the area of the country and farm which it comes from.
The Association of Small and Medium Poultry Producers of Nicaragua (Apemepan) explained that "... the measure is based on Resolution No. 14-10 issued by the IPSA 2015 and published in the Official Newspaper, La Gaceta."
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%.
In 2014 production of 538 million eggs was recorded, an increase of 57% compared with 2005, when there were 342 million.
The annual per capita consumption rose from 102 units in 2005 to 137 in 2014, equivalent to an increase of 34% over the last decade. Marketing experts and poultry farmers attributed the growth in egg consumption mainly to a trend in replacing beef with the poultry products.
The Ministry of Agriculture has declared an alert over animal health and banned the import of eggs and poultry from several US states due to avian influenza detected there.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG):
In order to protect poultry and so that El Salvador is not affected by avian influenza, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) has declared an animal health alert across the country, and prohibited the importeggs and poultry from the United States without proper sanitation procedures.