Guatemala's Agriculture Chamber seeks incentives

Guatemala's Agriculture Chamber of Commerce suggests that more financial support will provide an incentive to increase production.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Chamber President Carlos Zúñiga met Wednesday with deputies from the Agriculture Commission of Congress.
Zúñiga's proposal was to increase incentives to improve production.
"The issue of private property means that the owner is the one who decides how to use it," he said. "Any other initiative that goes against this principal is unconstitutional."
Zúñiga was speaking out against a presidential decree that would force large farmers to devote idle land to producing basic grains.

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