Costa Rica: Productivity in the Livestock Sector

Increasing the percentage of deliveries and optimizing the use of fodder will help raise productivity and improve conditions for competing with other export markets.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A pilot plan which is being promoted by the Livestock Corporation (CORFOGA) and which is already being implemented in 93 producing farms aims to improve productivity in cattle breeding and milk in the country. explains that one "... of the main objectives of the program is to prevent the decline in production of the herd, which currently stands at 1,278,817 head of cattle, according to the sixth National Agricultural Census of 2014, and where the level of lambing obtained is 57%. However, CORFOGA projections are that if this pace of animal births continues, in 2021 the number of cattle will fall to 548,027 (57%).
In the opposite scenario, if all the livestock population managed to increase the percentage of deliveries to 59%, production would rise to 2,569,365 heads in five years. "

Marco Fallas, Project Coordinator Department of CORFOGA, explained that "... The project aims to scale up from 93 to 1,800 farms in four years and reach a production of 1,605,000 animals in 2020. He added that they are also aiming to raise competitiveness in order to produce more kilograms of meat at a better cost for the producer and compete with other international markets such as Nicaragua, Chile and the United States, the main countries which they are bought from."

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