Nicaragua: Shortage of Meat for So Many Slaughterhouses

The commissioning of the plant belonging to the Mexican SuKarne has once again brought to the fore the problem of smuggling of live cattle both to Costa Rica and to Honduras.

Friday, May 22, 2015

An article in Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that "... Canicarne's executive director, Onel Perez, insisted that the problem of livestock [smuggling] not only affects meat processing plants, but will also have effects on employment in newly set up processing plants, the price of meat for consumers, and livestock taken as a whole. "

In the period 2013-2014 the amount cattle processing in Nicaraguan factories fell to 900 thousand head slaughtered, down from 1.2 million in the previous period.

"... They estimate that about 300,000 cattle are leaving the country illegally every year. "

"... The processing plants were working at 80% capacity, now they are only working at 48% capacity."



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Nicaragua: $100 million in Livestock Factory

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With an initial investment of $30 million Slaughterhouse Sukarne Group has inaugurated the first intensive animal farming factory in the country.

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Lack of Slaughterhouses in Nicaragua

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The Nicaraguan livestock sector is beginning to feel limited by the lack of industrial processing plants.

Although the industry has had a remarkable boom, with earnings for all sectors involved and a projected growth of 10% for 2011, competition between producers, manufacturers and exporters is worsening.

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