Agriculture and Priorities for 2020

With the beginning of the new government in Guatemala, businessmen in the agricultural sector are optimistic and believe that the priorities of the new authorities should be to guarantee property rights and improve road infrastructure.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

According to a survey conducted to measure the perceptions of the members of the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro), economic revitalization is another issue that should prioritize the work agenda of the government of Alejandro Giammattei.

Carla Caballeros, Camagro's executive director, told that "... the government should ensure that public institutions function to provide legal certainty, especially in areas of property law. In addition to strengthening the Public Prosecutor's Office to 'guarantee that no more than 160,000 ha are invaded as registered with the Secretariat of Agrarian Affairs."

Gentlemen added that "... A focus on road infrastructure should be applied in the rural roads plan for the benefit of small producers and that they may have lower costs to access markets."

The union is expecting that by 2019 the agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will close with a 2.7% increase and by 2020 the increase is expected to be 2.15%. The lower dynamism estimated for this year would be explained by the reduction in the volume of production in some sectors, such as coffee.

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