(TODAY NICARAGUA) — 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.
An article in Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that “… the Cámara Nicaragüense de Plantas Exportadoras de Carne Bovina (Canicarne) 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.”
Source: elnuevodiario.com.ni; Centralamericandata.com