An agricultural union is claiming losses of $1.4 million because of purchase of pesticides that the government decided to restrict.
The National Commission of Registration and Control of Toxic Substances created by the Government in February, restricted from coming into the country 12 agrochemicals. Agricultural unions are asking the Office of the President for this restriction to be reversed, because among other things, this has resulted in losses of $1.4 million from the purchase of products that can no longer be used.
Work is being done on producing better chia seeds in the country in order to meet the demands of international buyers.
Despite being one of the fastest growing crops in Nicaragua, the current shortage of chiaseeds could hinder production. For this reason, the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN) is working on the production of a new seed that meets the demands of international buyers.
A delay in the delivery of health permits from the Ministry of Agriculture is preventing exporters of cheese from selling their product in El Salvador.
For more than ten days delivery of health guarantees to cheese exporters by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor ) has been paralyzed. The delay has meant that some 30 containers loaded with the product are about to spoil.
Producers and regional governments are working on a new law that will regulate the technical management and cultivation of oil palm areas.
According to Humberto Abella, Chief of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor) in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) , this year the Nicaraguan Mandatory Technical Regulation (NTON by its initials in Spanish) on the cultivation of oil palm will be approved.
About 20 thousand acres are to be planted with the grain in the next few years, in order to produce up to one million quintals of coffee.
This was stated by the President of MerconCoffee Group, José Antonio Baltodano. "In the Atlantic Coast there should now be planted 2,500 hectares of robusta, whose production potential within three years could be about 100 million quintals, which would mostly be for export as local consumption is mostly of instant coffee and is small," he explained.
The variety can only be planted in some areas of the South Atlantic Autonomous Region and the North Atlantic Autonomous Region.
This is what has been established by a ministerial agreement published by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor). "In protected areas such as Bosawás, Cola Blanca, Cerro Bolivia, Cerro Banacruz, Wawashang and Rio Indio Maiz, among others, it is not permitted to sow or sell that variety, and in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) the Waslala area is also excluded" reported Elnuevodiario.com.ni.
Footwear, textiles, dairy and meat are some of the goods that have potential to be exported to the Caribbean island.
According to Alfredo Lacayo CEO of Centrolac and the person who led a trade mission of the Chamber of Industries of Nicaragua (Cadin) which traveled to Cuba on May 13, in the case of the dairy industry, the next step is to apply to the Ministry of Health of Cuba to send staff to inspect the Nicaraguan plants in order to certify them for export to that market.
Entrepreneurs in the meat industry believe that the increase in exports of live cattle will affect the future of the herd.
"The industry's concern is that Guatemala has already imported 3437 tonnes of cattle, where a large amount of the animals have not met the technical criteria set out in the Ministerial Decree number 027-2007, issued in September 2007 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor) and the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (Mific)", reported Laprensa.com.
Up to December 2012 beef exports from Nicaragua generated $451.4 million in foreign exchange.
From a press release issued by the Vice President of the Government of Nicaragua:
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAG), at the close of December 2012, reported the slaughter of 860,331 cattle and a production volume of boneless meat in pounds of 303.6 million, which is a decrease of 5.7% in the level of slaughter and 4.9% in meat production compared to the year 2011.
The interest of Taiwanese entrepreneurs focuses on speciality coffee in green bean form, roasted coffee beans and ground coffee, green coffee, instant coffee, gourmet coffee and coffee extract.
Representatives from 11 Taiwanese companies will participate in a seminar and business conferences in which they will hold meetings with producers, exporters and business people from the local coffee sector on 4 March.
CIDEA will verify compliance with good practices in aquaculture and fisheries, helping to ease access to export markets.
With the endorsement of the Institute for Training, Environmental Research and Development (CIDEA by its initials in Spanish), the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will award companies with a certificate of good aquaculture practice.
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.
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