For the sixth time since 2013 a six month extension has been granted to the suspension on the levying of fines on companies that hire undocumented foreign labor for activities such as agricultural harvesting.
The government announced that in January 2017 it issued a new extension to avoid levying fines on companies in the agricultural sector that employ undocumented foreign workers during the harvest season.
A strategy focused on improving productive infrastructure, irrigation, roads, logistics and greater mechanization aims to increase exports by 40% by 2024.
From a statement issued by the Association of Exporters of Guatemala:
31 years ago, Guatemala exported coffee, bananas, cardamom and cotton for a total of US $507, then in 2015 it was recorded that the exportable supply has diversified into cardamom, sesame seeds, vegetables, flowers, crustaceans and shellfish, among other things, and is worth about US $3 billion, 104 million.Involved in this nationwide impact are, according to the National Survey of Living Conditions 2015 (ENCOVI, about 31% of workers, given that they engage in related agricultural activities, while in rural areas the percentage is 55%.
For the fifth time since 2013 fines for hiring foreign agricultural workers to harvest coffee and other agricultural products will be suspended.
The government has announced that in January 2016 it will declare a further extension to prevent the collection of fines from companies in the agricultural sector employing foreign labor for the harvesting season.
Businessmen are demanding that costs be reduced and the procedures required for immigrants to obtain temporary work permits be simplified.
The Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco) has asked the General Department of Immigration and Foreign Services for migration processes to be improved and for a reduction in the cost of issuing permits, which currently "... has a cost of $98 for issuing a document which only lasts one year, so if you want to come in the next harvest you will have to pay again, which affects not only the employee but also the employer."
Costa Rica needs 75,000 coffee pickers for the harvesting which starts in November and another 7,350 people to harvest sugar cane and melon.
This was announced by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MTSS) who in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Agro-Industrial Sugarcane League (LAY) and the Costa Rican Coffee Institute (iCafe), conducted a campaign to find those 82,350 employees for the harvest season which runs from November to April.
There are seven deadly sins being committed in agricultural production in Latin America, preventing possible productivity and perpetuating poverty and underdevelopment.
In his article in Laprensa.com.ni, Juan Vega Gonzales summarizes the concepts developed by Polan Lacki, a
Brazilian specialist with 50 years experience in rural development, regarding the reasons for Latin America’s agricultural underdevelopment.
Costa Rican agricultural employers are demanding from the state better management of FTAs that ensure reciprocity in the application of sanitary and phytosanitary rules.
There is no agreement between the arguments given by the government authorities and demands posed by members of the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness (CNAA).
According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade, agriculture is one of the sectors that most benefits from the free trade agreements negotiated. On this issue, the Deputy Minister Fernando Ocampo told Nacion.com, "that the administration of the treaties is far more complex than it sounds and involves multiple entities, with the aim of reducing costs for exporters and importers therefore improving competitiveness."
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As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.
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