Some deputies will again propose obligatory seeding of basic grains on large farms that are not using all their land productively.
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.
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.
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. But Colom maintained that, though the law had never been invoked for years, "it remains the law of the land and must be obeyed."
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The Guatemalan Exporters Association is a private non-profit entity, established in 1982; that represents, promotes and develops non traditional exports of Guatemalan companies.
Operates in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala
Phone: (502) 2422-3400
Key representative/s from the Guatemalan Exporters’ Association last 13-15 October attended the 8th TPO Network World Conference to exchange ideas and best practice around stimulating export-led economic growth and meeting the urgent challenges in the sector.
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