Some still insist on obligatory seeding in Guatemala

Some deputies will again propose obligatory seeding of basic grains on large farms that are not using all their land productively.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

When the measure to force growing basic grains was defeated 40-74 in parliament last Tuesday, a group headed by Leonel Castañeda, president of the Agriculture Commission, prepared a new bill with a similar aim.
Under the new proposal, the state would set up a trust to buy the grain from the producers.
The purpose of the bill is to head off a possible national food shortage caused by the recent spike in prices.

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Guatemala's Agriculture Chamber seeks incentives

June 2008

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

Chamber President Carlos Zúñiga met Wednesday with deputies from the Agriculture Commission of Congress.
Zúñiga's proposal was to increase incentives to improve production.

Guatemala's Colom abandons plan to force planting of basic grains

June 2008

President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala has abandoned plans to revive a law that obliges farmers to plant basic grains.

The attempt to revive the law caused outcry among farmers and the private sector. Now Colom has admitted the law is an anachronism. "People own their land and it's up to them what they plant on it," he said.

Guatemala: Agrarian decree contravenes the Constitution

June 2008

The president of the Center for the Defense of the Constitution, Mario Fuentes Destarac, says he believes the Law to Encourage Production of Basic Grains contravenes the nation's Constitution.

The Government wants to use this law, issued as decree 40-74, to force landowners with more than 100 hectares to seed at least 10 per cent of their land to basic grains.

Colom forces Guatemala's farmers to grow basic grains

June 2008

President Alvaro Colom has stirred controversy in Guatemala by invoking a 1974 law that obliges people with large landholdings to use at least 10 percent of them for the cultivation of basic grains.

Sugarcane growers, exporters, business leaders and economic analysts have all said the measure is wrongheaded.

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