The Government of El Salvador will not buy hybrid corn seed, which offers high performance and resistance to pathogens and bad weather.
"The resolution, transitory, is seen by many agricultural suppliers as a block on the free market and even violating trade agreements such as the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States or regulations dictated by the World Trade Organization (OIC)", reported Elsalvador.com.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA) is promoting new legislation for the use of seeds.
Since 1960 the import, distribution and marketing of seeds has been regulated by a ministerial agreement, the new proposal, which has the support of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the Spanish International cooperation Agency for Development promotes the formation of local companies o as to be able to have reserves in critical situations.
The National Assembly has approved the Ministry of Agriculture’s budget increase for the purchase of seeds for planting beans and corn.
With 71 votes, the Legislature approved the favorable vote of the Treasury and Budget Commission, to empower the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock with the special temporary provisions to ensure an adequate supply of seeds for beans and corn, as well as the materials required for their production.
MAG expects to increase the production of basic grains for the 2009-2010 harvest by 8%.
Felipe Luis Trigueros, director of Agricultural Economics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), said that expectations are due to the 4% increase in area sown and because improved seeds, fertilizers and materials worth $30 million will be delivered to producers.
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