Lack of Slaughterhouses in Nicaragua

The Nicaraguan livestock sector is beginning to feel limited by the lack of industrial processing plants.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Although the industry has had a remarkable boom, with earnings for all sectors involved and a projected growth of 10% for 2011, competition between producers, manufacturers and exporters is worsening.

While beef production has increased steadily in recent years, meat processing capabilities have not done so in the same proportion. Demand from Venezuela, channeled through Albalinisa, is mostly satisfied with standing cattle, paid to Nicaraguan producers at higher prices than those paid by slaughterhouses, which are unable to process enough meat in order to satisfy the growing demand.

According to Cristian Marenco from, "Data from the Center for Export Procedures shows that Albalinisa went from exporting in 2009 a total of $ 6.108.460 dollars of domestic products to the Venezuelan market, to exporting $ 11.190.331 dollars in 2010."

On the other hand, an article in, states: "Onel Perez, president of the Nicaraguan Chamber Beef of Exporters (Canicarne) and general manager of the San Martín Slaughterhouse as well as the vice president of the Nicaragua Chamber of Industry and Trade (Cadin), Alfredo Martin, refused to admit that processing plant capacity is insufficient. On the contrary, he declared to have invested in order to increase capacity and meet market demand."

Albalinisa has announced the intention to build two new meat processing plants.

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