Agriculture Minister Juan Antonio Sánchez announced Tuesday that the Government has lifted the embargo on the beef sector in Guatemala.
The announcement came as the Government announced that its beef production had exceeded demand by 5 percent in 2016.
Sánchezes announcement comes after the Government of Guatemala has been struggling to control imports of beef due to a shortage of U.S. beef.
President Juan Orlando Lopez Sanchez said the embargo was lifted as a response to a recent visit by President Donald Trump to Guatemala, which has a strong beef industry.
He said the decision came as a result of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food calling on the Government to lift the embargo.
“This is a great day for our country,” Lopez Sanchez told reporters in Guatemala City.
The U.K. has lifted a similar ban on imports of British-produced beef and U.Q.E. says it’s in talks with the Government in Guatemala about lifting the embargo and hopes to do so in the near future.
The meat trade has been in a crisis in recent years as many U.C.M. products, including chicken, lamb and pork, are banned.