The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) recently paid tribute to pig farmers with new subsidies and got to know some figures which showed that Costa Ricans consume 12.5 kilos of pork a year.

In addition, the total domestic consumption of pork in 2013, was 41,834,581 pounds and 130,451 pounds of pork was exported to El Salvador, Honduras and Panama.

The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Gloria Abraham, announced that ¢189 million was transferred to pig farmers in the south, represented by cooperatives and associations, who are sure to benefit in this competitive a market that is increasingly demanding and looking for higher value products.

Another way that the 3,500 pig farmers have benefited is through the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) which was signed between the MAG and the PRC in 2013, allowing the export of pork to Japan, declaring the country is free of swine fever, which opens exports to the Asian nation soon.

Other Interesting Pork Facts

  • Costa Rica stands out among the Central American countries with more highly technical production and better swine farms.
  • The production of pork has been rising, from 30% to 32% over the past 5 years.
  • According to reports from the National Animal Health Service, Costa Rica has about 12,400 pork producers.
  • Pork is very healthy and rich in potassium.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica


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