Colom forces Guatemala's farmers to grow basic grains
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.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Sugarcane growers, exporters, business leaders and economic analysts have all said the measure is wrongheaded. But Colom maintained that, though the law had never been invoked for years, "it remains the law of the land and must be obeyed."
President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala has abandoned plans to revive a law that obliges farmers to plant basic grains.
Guatemala's Agriculture Chamber of Commerce suggests that more financial support will provide an incentive to increase production.
Some deputies will again propose obligatory seeding of basic grains on large farms that are not using all their land productively.
Alvaro Colom, the Guatemalan president, announced measures to soften the blow of increases in fuel and food prices.
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