Senasa has started the process of registration and updating information on subsistence, small, medium and large pig farms in the country.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture:
As part of the implementation of the Control System for Mobilization and Traceability of pigs from the beginning of this year 2017, the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) at the Ministry of Agriculture, is carrying out, in regional offices, registration and updating of information of existing pig farms in the country (subsistence / backyard, small, medium and large) in the Integrated Registration System for Agricultural Establishments (SIREA by its initials in Spanish), with registration of establishments composing the first stage established in the implementation of the traceability system for the pig sector.
The government is preparing a registration system that requires pork producers to mark their pigs in order to combat smuggling through the use of phytosanitary and traceability controls.
The aim is to have the agreement in late January, which would start with 88 producers enrolled in the Association of Pork Producers of Guatemala (APOGUA), in order to have an animal traceability system, prevent the illegal entry of pigs and prevent arrival of illnesses from Mexico.
In the difficult route to increase the sector's sales abroad, the country has so far managed to register 58% of the cattle herd.
The advanced comes after five years of efforts between the authorities and trade associations to have included in their records 22% of cattle farms in the country and 58% of cattle organizations, but industry representatives believe that there is still much to be done to meet the traceability requirements that are impeding the entry of Nicaraguan meat products into some markets, including the European Union (EU).
It has been reported that to date 14,303 animals have been traced and identified and 97 establishments have been registered in the National Traceability and Livestock Registry System.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock:
With the decisive support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG by its initials in Spanish) through the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA) the International Regional Organization for Agricultural Health (OIRSA), and the National Federation of Farmers and Ranchers in Honduras (FENAGH), this nation has joined the rest of the countries in Central America.
The fall in international prices has forced employers of specialty coffee to take steps to improve their competitiveness by resorting to full control of product traceability.
The fall in international prices in the coffee market is the main mitigating factor with which the industry is doing battle in Panama and Central America in general in order to remain profitable. One way of surviving, from the point of view of César Arauz, producer and member of the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama is "... maintaining good traceability in order to convince buyers to purchase the product and pay for it what it is worth. "
It will regulate the practices to be implemented in the product cycle from plant origin to the final destination and vice versa along the entire chain.
From a statement issued by the National Assembly of Panama:
The State is responsible for ensuring the safety of plant foods which are produced and consumed in the country, as established by Bill No.299, which created the Best Practices and Agricultural Traceability Program (BPTA by its initials in Spanish) approved in a third debate today by the full legislature.
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 Institute of Agricultural Health Protection is seeking financing to develop a traceability pilot plan for the production of pork.
The proposal put forward by representatives of the Institute for the Protection and Animal Health (IPSA) is to implement a traceability system similar to that applied in the production of beef and shrimp.
As part of a strategy to position internationally cocoa produced in Guatemala the regional union of producers are working on a seal of origin and traceability.
The initiative by the Mesoamerican Organization of Cocoa and Fine Chocolate (Amacacao) is to create a mechanism to certify the origin, quality and traceability of the final product, in order to increase international positioning and increase exports.
The high demands for quality standards, traceability and safety constitute a barrier to making the most out of the Agreement.
In the view of representatives from the Nicaraguan export sector, it has not been possible to make the most out of the association agreement with the European Union in its first two years, due to, among other things, unfavorable international prices, as has been the case of products such as sugar, coffee , cocoa, oil and alcohol.
A pilot project aims to provide funding and technical assistance to a group of food producers in order to improve their livestock and increase quality.
The purpose of the project, still in its test phase, is for farmers to use the same milk extracted from cows to feed calves instead of selling it at low prices in the local market. The plan includes providing technical assistance to implement traceability plans and in this way increase the possibility of exporting meat to EU markets.
Between 2011 and October 2014 58,587 farms and 1.3 million head of cattle were registered in the national traceability system.
According to the latest agricultural census, Nicaragua has 4.1 million head of cattle, of which 2,237 already have an identification device which forms part of the records which must be kept by farmers in order to complete the whole traceability process.
From December 11th to 13th farmers and companies will be gathering together to discuss research, animal production technologies in the country, traceability and food safety.
The Panamanian Association of Animal Production will be holding the second congress of this type under the slogan 'For cleaner tropical cattleproduction with animal welfare and technical efficiency to ensure food security and progress for Panama', in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Panama, district of Chiriqui.
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