Nicaragua: Livestock Exports Down 18%

Livestock farmers claim that in some areas of the border with Honduras the authorities are demanding requirements that complicate the free passage of livestock to the North of Central America.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Figures from the Center of Exports (Cetrex) show that between January and September 30 this year 17,222 head of cattle were exported, 3,852 cattle less than in the same period in 2016. According to the breeders, this decrease is due to "obstacles imposed by the government to favor slaughterhouses."

According to the president of the Federation of Livestock Associations of Nicaragua (Faganic), Álvaro Vargas , "... in the area bordering Honduras, the authorities have established some  requirements "outside of the law" that are hindering the free movement of cattle to countries in the North of Central America, which is why they have asked for an explanation from the authorities."

See also: "Agroindustry Statistics in Nicaragua"

Vargas detailed: "...'Last week we sent a letter to the Production, Consumption and Commerce System because they are imposing more paperwork than is mandatory, to the benefit of the plants ... When trucks that move cattle enter the West, the police take them and then hand them over to the owners, who when they sell the cattle have to return to the police to notify them that they have been sold and that is illegal," maintained Vargas.

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