Damage on roads left 177 km totally destroyed and 788 km requiring works, with $ 252 million needed for repairs.
"To cover the costs in the housing sector, we will need $ 50 million ... and the agricultural sector will require a total investment of $ 30 million to cover the damage caused by tropical storm Tomas,” wrote Nacion.com.
Vegetable and milk farming are the sectors most affected by road blocks set up by Indians in the Panamanian province of Chiriqui.
"The closure the American Highway by the Ngäbes Bugle Indians has caused losses to the agricultural sector estimated at $3.2 million, however, the figure may be higher, said Oscar Osorio, head of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA)," reported Prensa.com.
Panamanian businessmen have declared 2013 as the "year to save the agro ingustry", rescuing it from the virtual coma into which it has fallen.
Panamaamerica.com.pa reported that "The Panamanian Agriculture industry, a sector that contributes less than 3% to the gross domestic product, and whose budget for next year represents less than 1% of total assigned and with falling subsidies, is now “in the funeral chapel” asserted about 15 business and industry associations yesterday. "
An intensive course is being offered in the Netherlands on new technologies and innovation in the horticulture industry worldwide.
From information published by NethWork:
Participants will learn about new technologies, innovation, collaboration as well as acquiring practical experience in the most innovative horticulture industry in the world in this three-week intensive course offered by NethWork and the HAS University of Applied Sciences.
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