El Diario reports:
Bolivia purchases certified seed and exports sunflower and oilseed
Bolivia continues to import certified seed. According to data from the director of the National Institute of Agricultural Forestry Innovation (INIAF), Hans Franklin Mercado Rios, half of the seeds we need to grow foods like vegetables and oilseed. He said that in a decade, Bolivia will no longer be dependent on the import of agricultural inputs such as seeds and grains.
Bolivia imports seeds from countries like the United States, Peru, Chile, Argentina and others and buys generally oilseed and vegetables, however, Mercado stressed that sunflower and soybeans seeds are exported.
In 2013, Bolivia exported 2,467 tons of sunflower seeds, maize, sorghum, millet, potato and fodder seeds to countries like Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Germany, China, Uruguay, United States, but mainly Paraguay and Ecuador. However, the import of seeds reaches about 18,000 tons, mainly maize, sorghum, sunflower, grass and soybeans, according to data from the Association of Agricultural Input Suppliers (APIA). It is imported 9,000 tons for soybeans, 3 tons for maize, sorghum 2000 tons and 1,000 tons for sunflower. The main supplier of seed is Argentina with almost 15 thousand tons, followed by Brazil with 1,000 tons and 375 tons from the United States.