Livestock: Good Numbers in the Midst of the Crisis

During the first quarter of the year in Costa Rica 99,662 cattle were slaughtered, 4% more than reported in the same period in 2019, which is largely explained by shipments to the market in China.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Although the spread of covid-19 has negatively impacted most economic sectors worldwide, data from the Livestock Corporation (Corfoga) detail that between January and March 2019 and the same period of 2020, the number of cattle slaughtered increased by 3981, from 95681 to 99662.

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Luis Diego Obando, executive director of Corfoga, told that this rise in the number of cattle slaughtered is explained by "... the gradual reopening of economic activity in China, on the other hand, made that in April orders for Costa Rican beef resumed in that market."

Even in this context of health crisis, beef sellers ensure that demand remains stable. Sergio Alfaro, owner of Carnes Lorena located in Ciudad Quesada, said that "... it is estimated a drop of between 8% and 10% in sales to the public. This is because there are fewer people on the street."

According to Corfoga's figures so far this year, it is estimated that consumption per person per year remains at 2.35 kilograms (4.3 pounds), which is similar to the 2.59 kilograms (4.3 pounds) per capita with which it closed 2019.

The interactive information system of CentralAmericaData states that if mobility restrictions are maintained for two months in the country, consumption in Costa Rican households of beef after the quarantine is lifted could fall by 2%, when compared to demand levels prior to the health crisis.

Consult for country-specific forecasts in the interactive report "Information System: Covid-19 and Business Outlook."

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