Guatemala: New Livestock Policy

Modernization of production systems and the launch of an electronic traceability system are part of the initiatives being taken by the Government to revive the sector.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Government of Guatemala has presented guidelines of the policy it intends to implement to encourage the development of farming in the country.

One of the "pillars" of the policy is the modernization of the production system, "... with which it seeks to generate more intensive production and recover the herd which is currently estimated at about 2 million head, to raise it to about 5 million over five years. "

Elmer Lopez, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food told that "... we are seeking to form agricultural chains ... to improve the ... definition of markets and sales."

Moreover, the former Minister of the MAGA and current executive director of the International Organization for Animal Health (Oirsa), Efraín Medina, "... announced that it has initiated a process in Guatemala for the registration and electronic control of cattle."

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