Agricultural Budget Cut by 50%

In the last five years the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture's budget slid from $95.7 million to $47 million.

Friday, August 13, 2010

This year the ministry's budget makes up just 1.4% of the total spending planned by the government, while in 2005 the figure was 4.6%.

Jessica Gramajo, writing for, reports comments from various agricultural trade associations.

Otto Kuhsiek, president of the Guatemalan Agricultural Chamber (Camagro), stated that, "the agro-industry sector represents around 23% of the country's GDP but in recent years instead of strengthening this base, it has been neglected... the ministry lacks a budget, which contradicts the country's needs".

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