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. "
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.
2016-2017 forecast: 1.6 million hectares in cropland, cattle slaughter at 795,000 head and milk production raging between 275 million and 300 million gallons.
The Plan for Production, Consumption and Trade in the 2016-2017 Cycle includes details of the Nicaraguan government's projections for the agricultural, livestock, poultry, aquaculture and forestry sectors for the current year and the next.
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.
The Honduran firm Avinicsa has opened a chicken fattening farm in northern Mexico with an investment of $3.1 million and with capacity to produce 5.4 million kilos a year.
The company founded on Honduran Capital, Avinicsa, has announced the opening of a broiler farm in the municipality of Tipitapa (25 kilometers north of Managua) which will produce about 410,000 chickens a year. Roberto Suazo, president of the company, confirmed to Elnuevodiario.com.ni that the investment was $3.1 million.
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."
Cargill has inaugurated a new cold storage and distribution plant southeast of Managua, with capacity to store up to 8 million pounds of chicken meat.
In addition to the new plant, in which $50 million were kkinvested, Cargill announced plans to invest $100 million over the next three years in three new projects, including a plant for shrimp food, in which it plans to invest $12 million.
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.
Due to the presence of the outbreak of the Newcastle avian disease in the north of Costa Rica, health alerts were activated at the border and entry of poultry from the neighboring country has been banned.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agricultural Development in Panama (MIDA):