So stated the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Juan Carlos Ordoñez.
"He said that the benefit brought by the opening up of new markets, has helped create jobs in rural areas, where there is the greatest concentration of livestock nationwide.
He said that there is demand from the regional zone as well as the Mexican, US, and South American markets and they are working with the Russian and Israeli markets", reported Latribuna.hn.
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The company C&D will send the first of the containers in which between 550 and 820 thousand pounds of various cuts of beef will be transported to the Taiwanese market during 2013.
Latribuna.hn reports that "These exports have the support of the Animal Health Service (SENASA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), which opened a new window of opportunity for exports, which will nvigorate the Honduran livestock sector . "
Government officials have started talks with the governments of Russia and South Korea in order to open up these countries to Panamanian beef.
Data from the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) showed that up to October 2012 the amount from cattle exports was $20.6 million, up 40.2% from the $14.7 million during the same period of 2011.
By mid-year the country will start exporting beef to Chile.
Chilean authorities have authorized the slaughterhouses after verifying Panamanian health standards.
"Although the name of the approved slaughterhouses was not stated, the head of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), Emilio Kieswetter, said that Panama could start exporting beef in the next four or five months" stated the article at Laestrella.com.pa.
The Department of Agriculture projected $ 8.5 million in beef revenues from imports in 2011.
The Deputy Minister of Livestock told La Tribuna, "We envision a good season; we call the livestock sector to prepare for the opening of new markets which demand quality and quantity."