Bolivian productivity has faced obstacles during most of the time, and any advance should be commended (even under current government’s gracious ‘concession’), in this case Fridosa’s excellent products will reach the export market for good, Pagina Siete reports:
The Government authorized the Santa Cruz company Fridosa to export 500 tonnes (tons) of meat; in addition another two companies, the State-owned Emapa and refrigerating company Chiquitano, requested permission to export 500 ton each.
The Deputy Minister for Rural Development, Victor Hugo Vasquez, pointed out that the first 22 tons of Fridosa will go to Peru the first days of May and as much again by the end of that month. Starting in June, it will send 80 ton per month of this product to the neighboring country.
The Authority said that, for the public company Emapa to export 500 tonnes of meat, it must present a certificate which ensure that the slaughterhouse, where meat is prepared, is first rate.
Refrigerating company Chiquitano from Santa Cruz must also meet this requirement so that it is authorized the export of other 500 tons.
“Once they complete the documentation, we will authorize (export)”, explained the authority.
It is expected that Emapa will sell the meat to Venezuela; the Chiquitano refrigerating company will market the product in Peru. He couldn’t determine the price of meat, – said – everything will depend on the type of meat class and its processing.
Vasquez said that in spite of these authorizations to export meat, it is guaranteed the supply of the domestic market and also the price.
He recalled that production for 2012 is 223 thousand tons and domestic consumption reached 216 thousand ton, so there is a surplus of more than 6,000 tons. [this last figure appears wrongly in the original article]
Of such surplus, the Government authorized last month the export of 2,000 ton for this year, of which 500 will be from Fridosa, who already has the permit for sale abroad.
On the price of meat in the domestic market, he assured that it was not increased after the farmers were allowed to export their product.
Even, according to the government’s data, the price of meat fell in Cochabamba – after issued the Decree – from Bs20 to Bs19.2 per kilo (hook-wholesale). In the case of La Paz remained, as in Beni. There was a slight increase in Santa Cruz.
Kudos for Fridosa and the refrigerating company Chiquitano; the state-owned company should let private companies risk capitals and abandon this venture. So, productivity, efficiency and competitiveness in Bolivia has to undergo the political filter… as long as red tape is expeditious, our private sector will prevail and will offer food at lower prices to the internal market.