Nicaraguan Cattlemen Continue to Export Live Cattle

They warn that if domestic prices are not adjusted and there is no guarantee to maintain the value of the local currency, they will not sell their cattle to local slaughterhouses.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Alvaro Fiallos, president of the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers (UNAG), is demanding that slaughterhouses adjust the price which has been kept frozen since late May last year at $2.97 per kilo in hot weight, and that they recognize the maintenance of the value of the cordoba.

"Otherwise the UNAG, the Livestock Associations Federation of Nicaragua (FAGANIC), the Development Fund of the Dairy Industry (Fondilac), the Nicaraguan Union of Milk Producers (Unileche) and Expica, who are the owners of Conagan, will continue to choose to export live cattle, because we get better returns," he added.

According to Salvador Castillo, FAGANIC's leader in Guatemala (largest buyer of cattle), they pay $3.89 per kilo in hot weight, El Salvador and Costa Rica pay $3.91 and $3.57.

"They pay for their meat in dollars and we get paid in córdobas without the value being maintained. If slaughterhouses including municipal slaughterhouses do not want us to export cattle they should pay the same price that those who import cattle pay us," Fiallos requested.



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