Any government’s main task is to help/support its people, unfortunately this is not the case for Bolivian producers. Untimely and unsound political decisions, topped with demagogue and irresponsibility are reported here. Ismael Luna Acevedo writes for El Dia:
Late allocation of quotas did not come
No logistics to export
Complaints. The sugar sector is paralyzed in their eagerness to get their products abroad. Similar situation occurs in maize and sorghum.
Santa Cruz farmers do not know what to do with surplus production of corn, sorghum and sugar. Given the late allocation of quotas for the export by the Government, there have been added a series of obstacles as the State bureaucracy, inefficiency at customs and consequently the lack of transport to get the merchandise to overseas ports.
“We are punished. One by international prices and the other by the increases in transport”, said Carlos Rojas, President of Guabira sugar mill.
An alarming situation. This expression is common in the sugar sector. “The allocation of the license has been very slow. First they gave us a quota of 2,000 tons, then eight thousand. Added to that is the huge bureaucracy. “And if that wasn’t enough: there is no means to transport, because the grain sector absorbs all there is available”, said Marcelo Fraija, Manager of Unagro.
Concern of the sector. According to the Chamber of exporters (Cadex), the Government acted too late in assigning permissions to export, giving rise to a logistical problem.
“Them in an ultraconservative position prefer to have secured all production for the domestic market, when already had quantified how much surplus would generate this year,” emphasized, Willy Rojo, President of Cadex.
For this effect, says Rojo, a huge bottleneck was opened with the theme of transport which has caused an over demand. “What is more serious is that lack of transportation looks harmed by big bureaucracy at the Customs Office, where a rule prevents that the merchandise reaches the free zone and everything is concentrated in ALBOS, where a truck takes 20 days to leave the place,” he said.
Concern of the sector. Rojas and Fraija, representatives of the two mills with greater volume of production in the country, ask the Government to see how to avoid the allocation of export quotas for 2013. “That will allow us, each in their own way, to seek new markets and go exporting gradually”, said Rojas. Fraija demands to roll back the bureaucracy.