OPINION: Panamas agricultural crisis

OPINION: Panama’s agricultural crisis The agricultural sector, the backbone of the country's food security, is cornered. The crisis of conjuncture has many loose ends that revolve around unfulfilled promises and the management of government that has taken the Panamanian agriculture to a critical condition. The rice silos are full of imported grain, which does not give space to national production. At the same time, the specialized laboratories that are needed to provide the analyzes to be able to export meat are not yet in operation. This is another chapter of the same saga that in previous governments had as protagonist the Dutch onion, and currently the rice of Guyana. There is no transparency in agricultural institutions, and government actions punish and discourage national production. Agriculture should not be the object of subsidies that only maintain a precarious situation, but of strategic investments and the stability of public policies that facilitate profitability and competitiveness that have been denied to this potential giant of the Panamanian economy. Not everything can be logistics and tourism, since someone has to produce what we eat. The agricultural sector needs respect and men and women who keep their word.- LA PRENSA, Dec. 13

 
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The agricultural sector, the backbone of the country's food security, is cornered. The crisis of conjuncture has many loose ends that revolve around unfulfilled promises and the management of government that has taken the Panamanian agriculture to a critical condition. The rice silos are full of imported grain, which does not give space to national production. At the same time, the specialized laboratories that are needed to provide the analyzes to be able to export meat are not yet in operation. This is another chapter of the same saga that in previous governments had as protagonist the Dutch onion, and currently the rice of Guyana. There is no transparency in agricultural institutions, and government actions punish and discourage national production. Agriculture should not be the object of subsidies that only maintain a precarious situation, but of strategic investments and the stability of public policies that facilitate profitability and competitiveness that has been denied to this potential giant of the Panamanian economy. Not everything can be logistics and tourism since someone has to produce what we eat. The agricultural sector needs respect and men and women who keep their word.- LA PRENSA, Dec. 13



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George Klk

PANAMA | The Politicians High Stakes and Quick Turn Around Profits. Imagine asking Panama President his specialty in politics. Varela might say... "I specialize in helping poor farmers sell cheese and milk!" "I specialize in selling corn produce from Panama". or... "I don't know much about agriculture...I let the farmer take up the task". "You see...my specialty is producing and selling alcoholic beverages...wheat". "...and I was the Executive Vice President of our family business". "Now, I am an industrial engineer mainly to oversee alcohol machine production". "I am now, Panama President and will retire sailing away in my yacht I share with my brother, we have a great mutual alliance". "I already brought down food prices for 6 months and I think I done enough". "Let somebody else take up the task because frankly... I am not a milk and cheese president".

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