Dispute over EU Meat Quota Allocation

The proposal to divide up the 9,500 ton EU allocation equally is rejected by Nicaragua.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Onel Pérez, president of CANICARNE (Nicaraguan association of beef producers), commented that 70% of meat exported from Central America comes from Nicaragua.

Pérez and Ronald Blandón, director of Nicaraguan cattle farming association, CONAGAN, will travel to Honduras to discuss the distribution of the quota with other Central American businessmen.

In Laprensa.com.ni Alfredo Marín, president of the Nicaraguan chamber of commerce (CADIN), was reported as saying that for Guatemala and El Salvador to receive the same quota was absurd since, “they do not even have any slaughterhouses”.

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