this year Costa Rica has exported to Nicaragua 3.6 million dozens of fertile egg and over 6 million of chicks and pullets.

The National Service of Animal Health (Senasa), of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Costa Rica, and the Institute of Protection and Agricultural health of Nicaragua (IPSA), signed the updating of the Protocol to strengthen the epidemiological surveillance of avian diseases. The purpose of the Protocol is to facilitate, regulate and ensure the commercial exchange of chicks, pullets of a day of birth, fertile egg, poultry products and by-products of human consumption, between the two countries. Also these goods must come from free farms of Newcastle velogenic, avian influenza and other diseases of sanitary interest.

«In addition to the health guarantees that the Protocol provides, the instrument provides security and transparency in the requirements of countries for international trade,» said Federico Chaverri, director general of Senasa.

The Veterinary Services Laboratory (LANASEVE) carried out in the year 2017 more than 19,000 laboratory analyses for avian influenza surveillance and around 15,000 analyses for Newcastle. Also, in what we have been exported to Nicaragua 3.6 million dozens of fertile egg and more than 6 million of chicks and pullets.

Costa Rica is free from the exotic disease virus of Newcastle velogenic and avian influenza, which has allowed the country to continue exporting. The protocol will be valid for one year, after which a new revision and update will be carried out.