‘Pro-Rescue’ Group of Panama's Agricultural Sector

The producer group is asking the government to put imports in order, strengthen phytosanitary requirements and reform the law that created the National Food Authority.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Capital.com.pa reports that "The issue of imports continues to hit producers and their regulation is one of the requirements of the newly created ‘Pro-Rescate’ (Pro-Rescue) Group of the Agricultural Sector, but it is a sensitive issue, which has to be at the highest level, because this was one of the risks of globalization policies and signing FTAs and changing the rules of the game again now is not easy. Among the main demands of the Group is to sort out imports, strengthen phytosanitary requirements and reform the law that created the National Food Authority (Auspa). "

Panamanian agriculture, a sector that contributes less than 3% of gross domestic product in the country, is in decline, and faces more threats this year in 2013.

This Pro-Rescue Group has emerged as a movement to unite the whole agricultural sector, which is highly segmented, and currently has about 15 organizations who are members and a further six in the process of joining.

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