From Diario de Centroamérica:
Government officials are meeting this afternoon with representatives of suppliers, who have expressed interest in importing beef. Also present at the meeting will be farmers and retailers of this product.
The purpose is to inform stakeholders on the necessary arrangements for obtaining sanitary licenses for supplying the meat.
This is another measure by the ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), and Economics (Mineco) to ensure the supply of beef in the domestic market, which has increased in price. There is the possibility of bringing the product from Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.
"The increase is caused by supply and demand, and in light of the possibility of speculation or hoarding occurring, two complaints were filed in the Public Ministry on 11 May. The First Court of Criminal Peace will hold a hearing on 12 July", officials said.
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Other press sources reported on the possibility of importing meat from Costa Rica, as well as Nicaragua.
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The president of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, admitted the possibility of importing meat from Nicaragua and Honduras as a final solution to the rising price of meat, which has been fueled by cattle smuggling to Mexico, given the high prices in the northern nation.
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From an article by the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food in Guatemala (MAGA) reported that it will be evaluating new suppliers in light of a possible meat shortage caused by an increase in prices in the country.
Bringing in beef from Nicaragua would mean savings of between $4 and $8 per pound.
This would stabilize or even lower consumer prices, said Edgar Mendez, president of the Guild of Butchers in Guatemala, provided that the Government allows direct purchase.
"We determined that buying the product from Nicaragua would slow the escalation of prices in the local market", he said.