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Moderator comment: It will be interesting to watch how this plays out over the next year. For instance, it is my understanding that Panama does not have the capacity to produce sufficient milk for the country. Time will tell.

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Panamanian Parliament suspends meat and milk for a year

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 14:52

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The Panamanian Parliament approved today in the third and final reading a bill to stabilize the agricultural sector, suspending all imports of meat and milk producers for a period of 12 months, reported the Legislative Body.

The bill of Law 680 authorizes in that sense the holder of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) to suspend for a year all the imports of these products.

This regulation grants MIDA the power to temporarily postpone imports of agricultural products for human consumption whose demand can be supplied by domestic production.

The bill introduced by opposition deputies Rubén De León, Yanibel Ábrego, Mariela Vega and Javier Ortega, refers to the cuts of meat in carcasses or half-carcases, bone-in pieces and boneless meat included in the suspension of imports.

It also includes the edible offal of fresh or chilled bovine species, chilled or frozen meats of animals of fresh porcine species, breasts, thighs.

Last August, dozens of agricultural producers demonstrated in different parts of Panama and blocked roads to ask the government to urgently solve the crisis in the sector and reduce the "excessive" food imports.

They also criticize the lack of a long-term State policy, which has caused the gradual deterioration of the countryside, which already represents only 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

The producers also demand the disappearance of the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (Aupsa), which is in charge of controlling imports, and the creation of a new entity in which they can participate.

 

https://www.panamatoday.com/panama/panamanian-parliament-suspends-meat-and-milk-year-8045

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Goofy headline. The National Assembly (there is no Panamanian Parliament) is suspending imports of meat and milk.

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Wondering if Varela will veto this idea of not importing meat and milk because Panama can not produce sufficient supply of these products?

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Meat: The Conflict Between Panama and Nicaragua

For Nicaraguan stockbreeders, the imposition of a 30% tariff on beef imports from Panama violates the conditions established in the trade agreement between the two countries.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

In Panama, representatives of the Nicaraguan Chamber of Beef Export Plants (Canicarne), reported that the imposition of tariffs and other non-tariff measures for Nicaraguan meat have stockbreeders and industrialists concerned.

Onel Perez, Canicarne's executive director, said to Elnuevodiario.com.ni that "... The measure goes against the Free Trade Agreement between Nicaragua and Panama, setting a duty-free export quota of 2,340 tons of Nicaraguan meat per year."

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With respect to the issue, the president of the National Stockbreeders Commission of Nicaragua (Conagan), René Blandon, explained that "... The Panamanian measure represents another shock for the stockbreeding sector, after the closure of the Venezuelan market and the Honduran blockade of meat."

In addition to the struggle that already exists due to the restrictions on meat purchases from Nicaragua, last week the National Assembly of Panama discussed in the second debate the proposed law 680, which is intended to empower the president of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) to suspend imports of meat products and liquid milk for a period of 12 months.

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Eduardo Carles, head of MIDA, said to Prensa.com that "... This initiative has some constitutional gaps that may contradict the trade agreements that the country has signed. The project, which intends to stop imports, has not been approved by consensus and could obviously have negative consequences for the country." See "Proposal to suspend imports of milk and meat."

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Meat_The_Conflict_Between_Panama_and_Nicaragua

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