Bolivians consume 92 kilos of potatoes and one of quinoa, yearly

It is no secret that potatoes appear in most our traditional meals. Like the Dutch, Bolivians prefer potatoes and we should eat more cereals like quinoa…

From Pagina Siete:

There were 800 maps with agricultural information

Bolivians consumed a year 92 kilos of potatoes and one of quinoa

FOOD according to the report, the high and low food intake may be linked to production.

Bolivians prefer to eat potatoes, flour and sugar before quinoa or carrot, according to a recent report by the National Institute of agricultural innovation and forest, through the Municipal agricultural monitoring system, that contains more than 800 maps with agricultural information from different regions of the country.

According to the governmental entity data, collected by the Oxigeno portal, every inhabitant of Bolivia eats yearly 92 kilos of potatoes.

The tuber is the product with higher consumption, followed by flour [wheat], with 47 kilos per year and sugar, with 36.

Other products that have great demand are rice, 32 kg a year; chicken, 29 kilos; oil, 25; beef, 18; maize corn, 17; pork, 8; onion and tomato, 9 kg each product.

At the other extreme are the carrot, which reaches two kilos per person per year, and the quinoa, a kilo per year.

Food production

The general executive director of the Institute, Lucio Tito, said that the predominance of the potato in food can be explained, among other reasons, because 221 municipalities of 337 that exist in the country produce several varieties of the tuber.

“65 Per cent of the municipalities have a productive potential of potatoes,” said Tito to the information portal

Champion in potato production is Incahuasi (Chuquisaca), with 11,000 hectares, followed by Betanzos (Potosí), with 4,000, and Achacachi (La Paz), with 3,800.

The second most commonly consumed product, wheat flour, eaten processed as bread, noodles or other products.

Currently, 136 municipalities produce wheat, among which stand out San Pedro (Potosí), 9,800 hectares, followed by Incahuasi, with 7,000.

With regard to sugar, the total number of municipalities, 42 produced sugar cane, but seven, located especially in the Bolivian eastern part, concentrated 84% of total production.

While the consumption of quinoa is low, this is increasing, said Tito.

“Four years ago Bolivians consumed 350 grams per capita, is increasing, we want that the Bolivian consumes more,” he said.

He explained that one of the causes of the low intake of grain can be producers prefer to export rather than eat the grain. And purchase other products with the proceeds.

“The representative of the National Institute said a good indicator of the food situation is export, but”we don’t have to settle”and we must prepare for climate change and population growth.”

The entity of agricultural and forestry innovation has 53 million dollars to be devoted to the production of eight items of food, which are strategic for the consumption of the population at the national level, according to Oxigeno.

800 Maps made by this decentralized distribution of the Ministry of Rural development and land offer also climate information, mapping of vulnerability to climate change, natural agricultural potential as well as municipal information about income that perceive these poverty rates and other important indicators for planning.

On top of the above, in recent months, news were released about the increasing rate of obesity in Bolivia. We need to make changes, fast.

Published by Bolivian Thoughts

Senior managerial experience on sustainable development projects.

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