In the first 100 days of the Ricardo Martinelli administration, the Secretary of the Cold Chain, who is still to be named, will have to present a proposal for the program.
As published by Laestrella.com.pa, Hatuey Castro, former director of the Agricultural Marketing Institute (IMA, acronym in Spanish) said that "onion and garden producers would be the ones to benefit the most from this program, as onion production that is lost today because there is no storage available, would be stored and sold in the market in times of shortage"
7 months after the creation of the Cold Chain Secretary, there are still no concrete proposals for the agricultural industry.
Virgilio Saldaña, president of a grower's association which, added that after each harvest, losses due to perishable goods can reach up to 60%.
Prensa.com published statements by Fernando Duque, executive secretary of the Cold Chain: “In three months we could know where the gathering centers will be located, in order to start implementing this project”.
The climate phenomenon known as "La Niña" has caused up to 40% losses in some cultivations.
Virgilio Saldaña, president of Panama's Highland Region Growers' Association; indicated that to make matters worse production costs have soared, in some cases by as much as 50%.
"The situation is deeply concerning for producers, particularly of onions, lettuces, carrots, peppers and potatoes, which have not grown sufficiently due to the low temperatures," reports P-digital.com.pa.
The company hired to assess the nations’ agricultural production will deliver its report on June 4.
Such report will detail how much of each good is sown in every region of the country, and will be a key supply for writing the bidding rules for selecting the company that will develop, build and manage the project.
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