This year the union of beef exporters expects to sell abroad 113,000 tons of beef and offal products.
Directors of the Nicaraguan chamber of beef exporting plants estimate that sales this year will generate $480 million in revenue.They also announced they will be working on the implementation of improvements that will allow them to increase the value added of the final product, in order to enter more demanding markets, such as Europe.
In Nicaragua domestic cattle producers are being paid better than those in other countries.
"... The plants are paying around US $3.22 per kilo for 'hot' beef while markets such as Brazil, the world's largest exporter, whose meat competes with Nicaragua’s, paid US $2.22 per kilo. That means that Nicaragua is paying about $220 more per head than in those markets, and 45% more per kilo of 'hot' beef relative to the leading exporter of beef in the world ", said Onel Perez, executive director of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Beef Exporting Plants (Canicarne), in an extensive interview with Elnuevodiario.com.ni.
In Nicaragua the slow pace of implementation of the system is preventing the livestock sector from make the most of the beef export quota established by the Agreement with the EU.
The 2083 tonnes of beef which the livestock sector in Nicaragua could sell to the European market is not being fully leveraged due to the fact that they do not have the required minimum records demanded by European law to allow the importation of products.
The Nicaraguan meat industry is still not clear on what they need to obtain the certifications required by the European market.
In order for Nicaraguan products to reach the European market they must comply with health and quality certifications, not only on behalf of the farmers but also the agricultural authorities. Exporters hope that this will be resolved in less than a year and a half, meaning that the benefits of the agreement could be taken advantage of in 2015.
Nicaragua will need a minimum of a year to implement an adequate traceability system which will allow it to export meat to Europe.
"First certification must come from Europe, which says that they accept our system of traceability, and we must be prepared (to export) when the time comes," said the president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Beef Exports (Canicarne) Juan Sebastián Chamorro.
The growth of food exports to Venezuela has got Nicaraguan producers excited, yet they are warning against backing this market excessively.
"Between January and May of this year, exports by volume from Nicaragua to Venezuela have grown by 209%, generating an exporter enthusiasm which has convinced all of the productive sectors, especially now that there are plans to halve red bean production over five years in order to plant more black beans", reported Laprensa.com.ni
In response to Government approval for the entry of Canadian beef, beef and pork producers have signaled their displeasure with the move.
Producers received the news via a statement released by the Canadian government and lamented that the Government had not listened to their requests on several occasions about not opening the market up to Canadian beef.
The project entitled TRAZAR-nic will be integrated into the Bovine Traceability Program of the Government of Nicaragua in order to manage the processes of certification and traceability of cattle.
An article in Laprensa.com.ni reports that "This program will complement the technical regulations NTON 11-026-10, for the registration and identification of bovine animals, approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Magfor) in October 2011. '
Certification granted to Nicaragua by the World Organization for Animal Health and the removal of tariffs could double sales of beef to Mexico.
"On May 31 the permit that the government of Mexico granted to Nicaragua for exporting beef expires, however, the country now has been certified as a having "controlled risk" of BSE, known as “mad cows disease", given by the World Organization for Animal Health, OIE, so it can continue to export beef indefinitely to the Aztec market," reported Elnuevodiario.com.ni.
Restrictions by Honduras, Guatemala and Panama on Nicaraguan beef exports have caused a reduction in revenues of about $60 million for exporters, who are demanding reciprocal measures to those countries.
Since 2010, Nicaraguan farmers have failed to collect about $60 million in profit due to the restrictions imposed by the authorities of Honduras, Panama and Guatemala on importing meat from Nicaragua, said industry leaders in the El Nuevo Diario.
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