Guatemala: Registration of Pork Producers

The government is preparing a registration system that requires pork producers to mark their pigs in order to combat smuggling through the use of phytosanitary and traceability controls.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The aim is to have the agreement in late January, which would start with 88 producers enrolled in the Association of Pork Producers of Guatemala (APOGUA), in order to have an animal traceability system, prevent the illegal entry of pigs and prevent arrival of illnesses from Mexico.

"... 'A farm in Yucatan produces all of [the meat] for Central America. Commercially, we could not compete and the only barrier we have with them is in health. The national pork production generates 60 thousand direct jobs and 150,000 indirect ones' said David Orellana, the deputy minister of agricultural health and regulations at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food."

"... 'This control is urgent in order to curb and control the 3,500 pigs which come into the country illegally every week, causing losses of US $115 million a year,' says Carlos Zuástegui, general manager of APOGUA. Added to this is the most important threat, that of biosecurity."

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Guatemala Negotiates Exporting Pork to Central America

October 2016

The pork producing sector has started negotiations with the governments of Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, to revive pork exports in the short term.

The union of pig farmers has already contacted neighboring countries to express their interest in resuming pork exports, after the country declared itself free of swine fever in August.

Guatemala: Smuggled Pork Statistics

December 2015

The producers union has estimated the number of pigs per month which are smuggled illegally from Mexico at 2500, causing losses of $15 million a year.

The Association of Pork Producers of Guatemala (APOGUA) states that the annual pork sales total $323 million, but could be more if it were possible to minimize the illicit flow of pork from Mexico.

Nicaragua: Traceability for Pork Industry

October 2015

The Institute of Agricultural Health Protection is seeking financing to develop a traceability pilot plan for the production of pork.

The proposal put forward by representatives of the Institute for the Protection and Animal Health (IPSA) is to implement a traceability system similar to that applied in the production of beef and shrimp.

Pig Producers Versus Slaughterhouses

September 2014

Pork producers in Costa Rica are complaining that they are trying to directly export pork to Asian markets, but slaughterhouses "only want the business for themselves."

Porcicultor industry entrepreneurs are trying to open new markets, especially in countries with which Costa Rica has signed trade agreements, but are complaining that slaughterhouses have rejected their applications for processing meat, sometimes citing lack of certifications and in other cases, because " ... 'What slaughterhouses want is customers and to keep paying low prices to producers"," said the Speaker of the Chamber of Pork Producers, Renato Alvarado to ."

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