Livestock Traceability in Nicaragua Moves Forward

In the difficult route to increase the sector's sales abroad, the country has so far managed to register 58% of the cattle herd.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The advanced comes after five years of efforts between the authorities and trade associations to have included in their records 22% of cattle farms in the country and 58% of cattle organizations, but industry representatives believe that there is still much to be done to meet the traceability requirements that are impeding the entry of Nicaraguan meat products into some markets, including the European Union (EU).

See also: "Analysis of the livestock sector in Nicaragua"

Conagan, Faganic, other livestock and meat organizations and the dairy industry have repeatedly asked the government to establish by law a fund based on contributions from livestock farmers (similar to coffee production). Among other uses such a fund would finance some of the traceability activities that the government, through the IPSA (Institute of Animal and Plant Health Protection), is not able to cover.

The President of the Federation of Livestock Associations of Nicaragua (Faganic), Alvaro Vargas Duarte, told that "... industry organizations have presented the government with a list of priorities on which improvement in production and productivity of the sector depends. 'There are five fundamental points, the first is a conversion plan, then a bill of promotion that we are preparing and which will include actions for the meat and the dairy industry, the third is the creation of a livestock fund, the fourth point is the Procal II program to improve primary production systems, focused on milking to ensure the quality of milk and the last issue is to raise the health status of the country to one with negligible risk, as currently we are labelled as having a controlled risk'."

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