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Bolivia self-sufficient in corn production

Staff Writer | August 16, 2018
Bolivia has achieved sovereignty in the production of corn, an issue that ensures domestic market demand, informed today the general manager of the Food Production Support Company (EMAPA), Luis Siles.
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According to the official, this was possible thanks to the policies implemented by the government to strengthen food security, such as the promotion of the primary production system.

Siles said, quoted by local media, that within the previous 10 years, the country had achieved 100 percent in corn production, 85 percent in rice and about 50 in wheat.

A decade ago, the country did not reach even 10 percent in wheat production nor 25 in rice production, taking into account that both foods are essential for the supply of the family basket, he added.

The EMAPA official also added that corn is expected to be exported and for this purpose they have more than 20,000 tons.

Siles referred that among the potential markets to trade corn are Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela.