Guatemalan Agro-Industry Unveils 2021 Plan

The Livestock and Agricultural Industry chamber unveiled a plan based on productivity, diversification, quality, environmental sustainability and food safety.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Otto Kuhsiek, president of CAMAGRO, noted that over 1.6 million jobs depend on agriculture, of which 81% are located in rural areas, half of them in family companies and the rest in large-scale, high productivity companies.

Carla Caballeros, executive director of the chamber, told Prensalibre.com that “one of the biggest issues of rural development is that 90% of these companies use their own family capital, and less than 5% of the banking loans are earmarked for this sector”.

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Guatemala: How to Reactivate Agroexports

May 2017

The high logistic costs and the appreciation of the Quetzal against the dollar are two of the factors which, according to exporters, have prevented better performance from being achieved in recent years.

According to Agexport, exports of Guatemalan agricultural products in the last 6 years have registered very low growth, going from $2.96 billion in 2011 to $3.2 billion in 2016. In the same period, non-traditional agricultural products which registered a decrease were peeled sesame seeds (-14%), frozen peas (-6%), broccoli (-47%), frozen beans (-35%), tomatoes (-35% %), potatos (-48%), and mangos (-3%), among others.

Agriculture in Guatemala Cornered by Crime

December 2013

Guatemalan agricultural employers spend $300 million on private security representing between 12% and 16% of their budgets.

Prensalibre.com reports that "the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro) reported that during 2013 there was an increase in criminal acts such as kidnappings, threats and extortions against their workers, as well as the theft and destruction of private property ... "

Guatemalan Agriculture Sector Not Interested in TLC with Peru

May 2011

The industry considers that the signing of a free trade agreement (TLC in Spanish) with Peru would not generate good business opportunities.

In negotiations this week sensitive issues, which for Guatemala means agricultural products, will be discussed .

"The executive director of the Chamber of Agriculture (Camagro), Carla Caballeros, specified that there is no interest from the agricultural sector in participating in the negotiations, because it is not an attractive market, and that suggesting that it is seems to go against the country's interest", explains a Siglo XXI.com article.

Agricultural Budget Cut by 50%

August 2010

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

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 Sigloxxi.com, reports comments from various agricultural trade associations.

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