Analysis of Livestock Sector in Nicaragua

A study by Funides details the numbers for the sector and points to factors impeding further development such as low productivity due to lack of genetic development and mechanization, in addition to excessive dependence on climate.

Monday, September 26, 2016

According to the Nicaraguan Foundation for Social Development (Funides), the main challenges facing the livestock sector are low productivity, high dependence on climate, lack of genetic development, little mechanization, higher demands from international markets, sanitary barriers and those of neighboring countries, lack of public services and infrastructure and low industrialization.

Technological change is proposed based on:
• Increasing fertility and birth rates, and reducing mortality
• Increasing the conversion of kilos per day
• Increasing milk production per cow per day
• Summer Food
• Higher value added
• More access to markets
• Strengthening management capacity
• Raising traceability to a priority policy for the country 
• Creation of a special body
• Setting goals, eg ensuring traceability of all births by 2020
• Ensuring effective traceability 

The study "Livestock in Nicaragua, achievements and challenges" prepared by Funides, provides details on the sector's production and export, and points out the challenges faced in reaching its full potential.

See full document (In Spanish)

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