Only sugarcane crops and coffee meet the demand within the country, having to import corn, beans, rice, fruits and vegetables in order to supply the needs of the population.
To overcome the problem, Oscar Albanés and Agustin Martinez, directors of the Agricultural Suppliers Association (APA) and the Chamber of Agriculture and Agro Industries (Camagro) indicate that, among other measures, "production chains should be developed and strengthened as well as coordinate collection systems allowing you to store crops so that farmers can gradually take their produce into market and negotiate good prices with wholesalers and the industry, maintaining and increasing production for the benefit of consumers, the country and their own.
Businessmen from the Salvadoran agricultural sector remarked that the measure could cause a 60% drop in production.
The warning came from the international organization CropLife, which is a member of the Agricultural Suppliers Association (APA) of El Salvador. "The FAO has said that without the use of pesticides, you run the risk of losing between 40% and 60% of the harvest, and this not only true in El Salvador, but around the world," said Martin Zuniga, CropLife regional director for Central America and the Caribbean.
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.
Salvadoran agrifood businesses have expressed their concern that the announced investments are part of a political project.
An article in Laprensagrafica.com that "Alba Foods, another productive programs, along with Alba Petróleos- tied to the political strategy of the FMLN, has invested $30 million this year and among the basic grain harvest 2012 and 2013, expects to complete $60 million to expand its geographical presence.
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