Guatemala: Agro to grow 3.7% in 2017

The union projects a 3.7% growth in activity in the agricultural sector, after having achieved an estimated 3.2% increase in 2016.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

From a statement issued by the Chamber of Agriculture:

As it does at the beginning of every year, the Chamber of Agriculture this morning presented its partners the results of an economic study on agricultural which includes estimates for economic growth in the agro sector in 2016 and growth expectations for 2017 located at 3.7%. 

"The positive factors affecting the performance of the sector, according to a survey by CAMAGRO partners late last year, are innovation, productivity and climate. And the factors that negatively impacted agricultural enterprises were: the exchange rate, insecurity and conflict resulting from invasions of private property. However, entrepreneurs have positive expectations for 2017. And of course to achieve this positive expectation it is urgent that the government policy be oriented with concrete actions aimed at reviving the economy, job creation and economic growth. The agricultural sector is one of the sectors which because of its weight in the economy and employment can be one of the leading and most dynamic engines,"  said Nils Leporowski, President of CAMAGRO.  

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