Livestock Investments Without Traceability?

In order to take advantage of the potential of the Nicaraguan livestock industry, it is essential that traceability systems be improved, a prerequisite for entering demanding markets such as Europe.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The growth in exports of meat and meat products from Nicaragua could be even greater if product monitoring and control systems were properly implemented throughout the production chain. The European market is one of the most demanding in this regard, and is one of the most profitable once the necessary traceability systems are implemented. 
 
See also: "Agroindustry Statistics in Nicaragua"
 
Onel Pérez, Canicarne's executive director, told Elnuevodiario.com.ni: "... "We do not have livestock that is traced from birth until slaughter and whose trail is followed until it reaches the consumer, although there is traceability in the country, it is still small compared to what we have to do."
 
"... Michael Healy, president of Upanic, agrees with Pérez that the traceability issue is one of the sector's challenges in order to be able to export to Europe, a market in which there is a great deal of opportunity for Nicaragua thanks to the quality of its product."
 
See also: "Central American Sausage Trade Up 6%"
 
Despite the lack of traceability, Nicaraguan beef exports have been growing in recent years.  At the end of the first quarter of 2017, meat exports accounted for 18% of total exports abroad, according to data supplied by the Central Bank. Compared to the same quarter in 2016, meat exports grew by 40%.

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