A New Cattle Association to Represent Dissatisfied Cattlemen

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Posted on: 20 May 2012

FEDEGAN, Colombia’s major cattle association is being challenged by CONFEGAN, a newly created association from Central and Southern parts of Colombia to represent smaller cattlemen.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 5/14/2012 GAIN Report Number: Colombia Post: Bogota A New Cattle Association to Represent Dissatisfied Cattlemen Report Categories: Agricultural Situation Approved By: Joseph Lopez, Agricultural Counselor Prepared By: Adriana Uribe Report Highlights: FEDEGAN, Colombia’s major cattle association is being challenged by CONFEGAN, a newly created association from Central and Southern parts of Colombia to represent smaller cattlemen. General Information: CONFEGAN, a newly created cattle association, of around 10,000 cattlemen from Central and South of Colombia, would like to represent small cattlemen as they believe the current association, FEDEGAN handles the administration of the cattle fund in an inefficient and non-transparent way. CONFEGAN believes the fees collected for the cattle fund from the livestock and dairy sectors 78% and 22% respectively do not seem to be helping cattlemen interests; they also allege that FEDEGAN is being run like a family business, lacking democratic procedures. Moreover, CONFEGAN believes that FEDEGAN has done nothing to ready itself for the FTA between Colombia and the United States entering into force tomorrow, May 15. Thus, the new association is urging the government of Colombia to take away the administration of the cattle fund from FEDEGAN.
Posted: 20 May 2012

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