Panama: Protests against Rice Import Operations


Panamanian rice producers blocked the Inter American Highway Monday, in rejection to the import operations of rice, as reported by local newspaper La Prensa.

The blocking of the Inter American Highway required of the intervention of the police and was regarded as a pressuring measure by rice cultivators, who demand the authorities should assign a high level commission to discuss the issue.

Members of the Association of Rice Producers in Panama marched in mid-December to the headquarters of the Presidency, to request a halt to imports of food and claim actions to retrieve the local agricultural sector.

The Union of Agricultural Producers then demanded in a statement a change in the food supply policy to prevent purchases of grain on the outside in the middle of the harvest, affecting workers in the industry.

On Last January 5, the authorities pledged to allocate $ 18 million for the purchase of 50 thousand tons of rice from domestic production.

Currently more than 60 thousand hectares are dedicated in Panama to the cultivation of the cereal, in plantations, which represents an increase of almost 10 thousand hectares, compared to the previous year.


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