Brazil to export genetic material to Guatemala
Brazil and Guatemala recently signed an agreement for the export genetic material and Brazilian bovine embryos to improve the country's national herd. The deal was signed last week in Guatemala City after a series of technical negotiations.
The Brazilian ambassador, João Luiz Pereira, said that "both countries have cooperative relations of almost a bicentennial" and that "this commitment is reflected in the signing of the agreement." The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of Guatemala, Mario Mendez, said the agreement will be designed to make the country's livestock one of the largest in the world.
The Department of Animal Health (DSA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) is intensifying negotiations for the opening of new markets to bovine genetics and Nicaragua is expected to be the next country to benefit from Brazil's genetic material exports.
Each consignment of bovine semen from Brazil entering Guatemala will be accompanied by International Zoosanitary Certificates (CZI), based on international standards.
According to Guatemalan authorities, in addition to this trade open doors to international markets, increasing the productivity of livestock farmers, it also benefits small and medium producers who cross, so that the cattle adapt to the different climatic conditions of the country.