Livestock: Bad Times in Nicaragua

The barriers imposed by the Honduran and Panamanian markets, coupled with the negative effect of the recent tax reform, force Nicaraguan cattle ranchers to predict a bleak future.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Figures from the National Livestock Commission of Nicaragua (Conagan) specify that between 2017 and 2018 meat exports from Nicaragua fell by 7.9%, from $587 million to $541 million, and in the case of dairy, the fall was 8.4%, going down from $177 million to $162 million.

Among the factors affecting the Nicaraguan guild are the barriers they have to sell their products in Honduras and Panama, in addition to the fact that sales to Venezuela have practically disappeared.

See "Dairy Conflict Between Nicaragua and Honduras" and "Meat: The Conflict Between Panama and Nicaragua".

Conagan's president, René Blandón, told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that sales to Venezuela disappeared and that "... meat and milk are going to Central American markets, at a lower price. We have more than 10 years of not being able to access Honduras with meat, only with live cattle, and for more than six months we have not been able to access the Panamanian market because of the tariff rules that apply to us."

You may be interested in "Regional dairy trade up to June 2018"

For Blandón, another adverse situation for businessmen is "... the effect of reforms, both of social security and fiscal, because they will have an impact on the increase of costs in industries, making them less competitive in the international market. They are strong taxes, which are not welcome in a broken economy."

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