(TODAY NICARAGUA) A pilot project aims to provide funding and technical assistance to a group of food producers in order to improve their livestock and increase quality.
The purpose of the project, still in its test phase, is for farmers to use the same milk extracted from cows to feed calves instead of selling it at low prices in the local market. The plan includes providing technical assistance to implement traceability plans and in this way increase the possibility of exporting meat to EU markets.
Onel Pérez, executive director of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Beef Exporting Plants (Canicarne), explained that “… the project aims to convert farmers into receivers of loans and technically support them so that they can produce high-quality calves. Perez said the meat processing plants will provide resources, in the form of advances for buying the calves, so that farmers do not have to sell milk and the calves can consume it themselves. ”
Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that “… With these resources they will be able to ensure the maintenance of their properties and to support their families, and ultimately produce better beef. Perez added that “… ‘In addition they will be provided with a special concentrate, known as concentrated initiator to increase the animals’ rumen, so that they can eat more’. ”