Natali Vargas writes for Pagina Siete:
Producers of oilseeds announce fall in grain production
Agriculturalists rejects veto to transgenic crops with the new law of mother earth
DATA: indicates that the production of soy is linked to the planting of wheat, maize, sorghum, rice and sunflower; If there would be low cereal production, other crops will also fall.
The crucians [people from Santa Cruz] agribusiness yesterday warned that the production of at least six grains will fall, as earth mother framework law prohibits the use of transgenics [GMOs]. The Government states that losses cannot be anticipated when regulations are yet to be drawn up. [a law must have regulations studied/written, at a final draft stage upon its signature and not wait, to see what happens…]
Paragraph 8 of article 24 of the framework law of mother earth instructs “to develop actions that promote the gradual elimination of cultivation of genetically modified organisms [GMOs] authorized in the country to be determined by specific rule [norm]”. “Worries this incorporation into the framework law of mother earth,” noted yesterday the Manager of Planning and Management of the Association of Producers of Oil and Wheat (ANAPO), Jaime Hernández, at the Oleaginous Sector Forum: agri-food contribution for Bolivia and the world, organized by the IBCE.
He pointed out that if soybean production will be lowered, will also drop the crops of wheat, corn, sorghum, rice and sunflower. Hernandez reported that since year 2000, the soybean cultivation accompanied the growth of the other six grains.
“Any incentive or brake to the potential growth of the soy [production] sector, will also have consequences on other strategic products for the population”, he explained. For example, the corn is vital to the poultry sector, sunflower in the oil industry and in the production of wheat flour.
According to the ANAPO data, in year 2011, soybean crops occupied nearly 1.1 million hectares [has], while closely linked rotation crops were planted in over 710 thousand has.
Soybeans that are grown in the country corresponds to the organism genetically modified (GMO) with resistance to the herbicide glyphosate (RG), a biotechnology whose use was approved in 2005, pursuant to the Supreme Decree 28225.
In this regard, the Minister of Productive Development, Teresa Morales, said that the Government held meetings with different sectors of Santa Cruz, with ANAPO and CAO last Saturday, and in those, the scope of the new law was explained. He said that they were informed that the concerns of the producers of oilseeds can be remedied within the scope of the regulation of the standard norm. [why wait for that? it could be used as some sort of extortion at some point in time; what is clear is that uncertainty is the worst enemy against competitiveness and food security]
Hernandez said that it is important that all restrictions are lifted on the export of soybeans, because out of the 100% produced, only 25% stays in the domestic market and 75% target goes to foreign markets.
Current Bolivian government needs to do their homework better, bad politics tends to look at a tree and overlook the whole forest… complex issues require complex but clear rules, any government is out there to help, to support the private sector, which will generate employment, thus tax revenues for the government to do their job. Is that so hard to understand?