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Food import in Colombia increased 7.4 percent

Staff writer ▼ | January 19, 2016
Colombia's food import levels increased by a 7.4 percent by the end of 2015, president of the farmers society Rafael Mejia said.
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LatAm   75% of imports in Colombia are focused on four basic products
Mejia explained that there different kinds of factors in the country that have made an impact on the sale price increase,like the effects of the prolonged drought caused by the weather phenomena El Niño, the devaluation of the Colombian peso to the dollar, frosted areas in the country and the reduction of farmland across the country.

Mejia said that 75 percent of imports are focused on four basic products like wheat, corn, soy and soy derivate.

In view of the existing situation, Mejia said it is necessary to intensify the sowing, take measures to make a rational use of water and establish a tax reform that protects farmers.

He added that the severe drought and weather events have affected flower exports, which decreased by a 50 percent in comparison to the same period in 2015. Meanwhile, exports of traditional products like coffee and banana have also started to decrease.