Dairy Conflict Between Nicaragua and Honduras

The dairy sector in Nicaragua has denounced the imposition of non-tariff barriers by Honduras, whose health authorities have delayed the renewal of certificates for nicaraguan plants.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

It has been estimated that 750,000 liters of milk per month have ceased to be exported to Honduras since November 2015, because the National Agricultural Health Service has not renewed certification of dairy plants in Nicaragua. This was stated to Elnuevodiario.com.ni by Alfredo Lacayo, executive director of Centrolac. Lacayo added that this situation is affecting not only the industrial dairy sector but also farmers.

"... Wilmer Fernández, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber of the Dairy Sector (CANISLAC) said that all dairy plants complied with the observations made by Senasa and informed that entity through the IPSA. "

Cosep's President, Jose Adan Aguerri, said "...The position of the private sector, which we have raised with the government (of Nicaragua) is that if Honduras does not give us answer, we will take the same measures as they are taking '... which would mean not letting in Honduran products, something also requested by Alfredo Lacayo and Wilmer Fernandez. "

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