Otto Kuhsiek, president of CAMAGRO, noted that over 1.6 million jobs depend on agriculture, of which 81% are located in rural areas, half of them in family companies and the rest in large-scale, high productivity companies.
Carla Caballeros, executive director of the chamber, told Prensalibre.com that “one of the biggest issues of rural development is that 90% of these companies use their own family capital, and less than 5% of the banking loans are earmarked for this sector”.
Guatemalan agricultural employers spend $300 million on private security representing between 12% and 16% of their budgets.
Prensalibre.com reports that "the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro) reported that during 2013 there was an increase in criminal acts such as kidnappings, threats and extortions against their workers, as well as the theft and destruction of private property ... "
The industry considers that the signing of a free trade agreement (TLC in Spanish) with Peru would not generate good business opportunities.
In negotiations this week sensitive issues, which for Guatemala means agricultural products, will be discussed .
"The executive director of the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro), Carla Caballeros, specified that there is no interest from the agricultural sector in participating in the negotiations, because it is not an attractive market, and that suggesting that it is seems to go against the country's interest", explains a Siglo XXI.com article.
The union Camagro claims that in the last six months adverse investment and employment conditions have become more pronounced.
From a statement issued by Camagro:
The members of the Chamber dedicated to agricultural, agro-industrial and agri-export activities in the 22 departments of the country, expressed through a press release, that they believe that the country's competitiveness is still not being unattended to, and that during these six months the Government has caused adverse investment and employment conditions to be more pronounced.The three most criticised ministries being: the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of the Interior, for the main reasons which are summarized as follows:
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