Rice for Guatemala is guaranteed, says Agriculture Chamber

The Agriculture Chamber said today that storage of rice is guaranteed, despite the crisis of international production for the grain.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Chamber President Carlos Zúñiga told reporters that countries like China and India have increased the demand for rice, as well as for animal proteins.
Zúñiga said the worldwide rice shortage can be seen as an opportunity for Guatemala to increase home production.
"As a nation we have an enormous potential to help small producers," he said. "I understand that the government is preparing a plan to do just that."
Zúñiga was referring to a recent announcement by President Álvaro Colom of a plan to budget 600 million quetzales (80.4 million dollars) to help rice producers.

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