Price Conflicts Between Farmers and Abattoirs

The boom in beef exports from Nicaragua is being threatened by a price war between producers and exporters.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Slaughterhouses have declared that they are unable to pay higher prices to beef ranchers, who demanded them.

They cite two reasons: a reduction in U.S. demand, the second largest export market for beef, and the position of Venezuela of not raise the price of a ton of meat by 10% (Venezuela is the main export market).

The Federation of Livestock Associations of Nicaragua (FAGANIC) gave a week's notice for the industrial plants to provide a "satisfactory answer" regarding the price, or the cattle ranchers will not deliver their animals. Enrique Moncada, director of the board of Nuevo Carnic, recognizes that if farmers keep the cattle as leverage, meat exports would cease.

Moncada said the "investments in the millions" in the expansion of the plants have not been offset because of declining markets, not having established a good margin with Venezuela, and the "brutal" increase in operating costs related to electricity, reported

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