Livestock: Less Sales due to Restrictions

In Guatemala, for the months when the quarantine was most severe, sales of live cattle were cut in half due to movement restrictions, lack of transportation, and market closures.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, authorities agreed to impose severe restrictions on the circulation of people during April, May, June, and July, including total closures of the economy during several weekends.

Although livestock farming is one of the activities that did not cease during the most critical weeks of the quarantine, sales of live cattle were affected.

See "Beef: How Much Has the Market Grown?"

Leonel Castaneda, president of the Guatemalan Cattlemen's Association, told Prensalibre.com that "... because of the same fear people have of going out to buy, added to the closing of markets and plazas, we were affected by the first four months, when sales fell considerably by up to 50%."

Because of the pandemic, the cattle ranchers did not produce because they feared they would not be able to sell, and they are having a hard time getting back to work, assures the leader of the cattle ranchers' guild.

Also see "Processed Meat and Post-Quarantine Demand"

According to the authorities, there are already plans for the sector, Jose Angel Lopez, Minister of Agriculture, explained that "... with the purpose of encouraging the sector they will implement in the short term an agro-forestry production system, with which they propose an intensive and non-extensive livestock production with an investment of Q50 million ($6.5 million) during the next three years."

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