The Potential of Salvadoran Agriculture

Taking Chile as an example, Salvadoran agriculture must modernize and work with a business mindset, investing in technology and innovation.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Mario Salaverría, president of the Sugar Association, commented that the sector needs to eradicate plagues and diseases, to avoid being held back by international food safety barriers.

He highlighted the country’s successful program to eradicate classic pork fever, which required several million dollars but allowed El Salvador to export beef and pork to anywhere in the world.

Among other topics, he believes that the country needs to increase irrigation systems, use biotechnology to increase productivity and add value to its production through industrialization processes.

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Mexico Increases Competitiveness in Pork and Poultry

August 2012

The elimination of classical swine fever and avian salmonellosis has made the Aztec country a stronger competitor in pork and poultry in international markets.

A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) declared Mexico free of avian salmonellosis and classical swine fever on 14 August.

Guatemala Free of Swine Fever

May 2010

The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared the country as free of classic swine fever (PPC).

Guatemala had lost its swine fever-free status back in 2009, when an outbreak was detected on a farm in the region of Palín.

“This declaration allows us to resume exporting pork to other markets” said David Orellana, Agriculture Ministry.

El Salvador Bans Entry of Guatemalan Pork

November 2011

The Salvadoran Ministry of Livestock has closed the borders to Guatemalan pork due to an outbreak of classical swine fever in that country.

The ban also applies to pork products and pork byproducts, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in El Salvador.

Animal Health Emergency Declared to Prevent Swine Flu

November 2011

The measure was announced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food in Guatemala to prevent the spread of an outbreak of swine flu detected in the department of Sacatepéquez .

By Ministerial Agreement No. 273-2011, the Government of Guatemala has declared a state of emergency for animal disease across the country, establishing an "area under Animal Health Control" in the town of Pastores, Department of Sacatepéquez, as the ground zero area of the classic swine fever.

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