The union projects a 3.7% growth in activity in the agricultural sector, after having achieved an estimated 3.2% increase in 2016.
From a statement issued by the Chamber of Agriculture:
As it does at the beginning of every year, the Chamber of Agriculture this morning presented its partners the results of an economic study on agricultural which includes estimates for economic growth in the agro sector in 2016 and growth expectations for 2017 located at 3.7%.
The government is preparing a registration system that requires pork producers to mark their pigs in order to combat smuggling through the use of phytosanitary and traceability controls.
The aim is to have the agreement in late January, which would start with 88 producers enrolled in the Association of Pork Producers of Guatemala (APOGUA), in order to have an animal traceability system, prevent the illegal entry of pigs and prevent arrival of illnesses from Mexico.
The OECD has pointed to an overabundance of institutions: 11 institutes, 6 corporations, and 9 sectoral committees including organizations for children, young people and rural women.
Nacion.com explains that "...The OECD criticized the large number of institutions in the public agricultural sector and said that this complicates sectoral decision-making.An organizational chart requested of the Executive Secretariat for the Agricultural Sector Planning (Sepsa), attached to the MAG, shows that there are 11 institutions, six corporations (such as Corbana) and nine sectoral committees, among them the National Council Club 4-S "
The government has announced that in the first quarter of 2017 it will start construction of an irrigation system in the district of Renacimiento, province of Chiriqui.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agricultural Development:
At an estimated cost of 6 million dollars, the government of the Republic of Panama, through the Ministry of Agricultural Development -MIDA-, will build an irrigation system in Montelirio, district of Renacimiento, which will greatly increase and diversify production in the area.
Only Costa Rica has an "well developed agricultural research system" in a region that "has lagged behind in terms of infrastructure, investment and research capabilities."
From a statement issued by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture:
San Jose, October 26, 2016 (IICA).The investment that some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have made in agricultural research has progressively increased in recent years, however, there are considerable differences with other countries in the region: some have investments of up to 1.8% of Real Agricultural Domestic Product (PIBag), but others invest only 0, 1%.
A bill proposes extending to the agribusiness sector the incentives outlined in Law 28, such as exemption from export tax and import of raw materials.
From a statement issued by from the National Assembly:
Extending the benefits of Law 28 of 1995 on the organization of production incentives, better known by its initals (in Spanish) ROI, was proposed through a bill put forward by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Raw materials, veterinary pharmaceuticals, pesticides, seeds and live animals are exempt from the 15% sales tax.
The current document sets out eight categories of items from raw materials,supplies, equipment and machinery used to produce them. The different classifications contain 323 tariff items for tax free products.
The slowness with which health authorities issue phytosanitary permits is causing delays in the process of importing products which are in short supply locally, such as potatoes.
Importers argue that the Institute of Animal and Plant Health Protection (IPSA by its initials in Spanish) takes up to 3 months to grant phytosanitary certification which authorizes purchases.In the case of potatoes, authorization to import the product was in effect from July 5 to August 5.
Food sovereignty initiatives including price controls, water management and prohibition of agrochemicals are typical examples of a political will being disconnected from the productive reality.
The agricultural sector says that the three bills which are being discussed in the Legislature will have negative effects on the activity, distorting prices and causing costs to rise.One is the draft law on prohibition of agrochemicals, another that on food sovereignty and security and the third, the General Water Law.
Sectors related to metal mechanics, tires, plastics, chemicals and electrics in Costa Rica have asked for their products to be excluded in the negotiation of a regional trade agreement with the Asian tiger.
The industrial and agricultural sectors are those who have objected in the process for negotiation of a free trade agreement with South Korea, arguing that some products would be hurt by the arrival of similar products from China.
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