Lobby group seeks changes in agriculture reform bill

One of Panama's most influential agri-business organizations is complaining about the bill in the National Assembly that would reform the Agriculture Code.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The National Productive Alliance says it's worried about bill's "subjectivity".
Its members are asking the Commission of Agricultural Affairs to adjust the sections of the bill that deal with ensuring judicial security on the question of landholding.
They're saying that without secure land tenure, much-needed investment for modernizing and improving agricultural production will not be made.
The commission has made some changes to the bill, so there are hopes that this issue will also be addressed.

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