Prices of agricultural products increase in Colombia


In statements to WRadio, Quintana recalled that he has always been “a campaign ambassador, a fighter, an advocate because I continue to be a farmer, I continue to cultivate and now not only potatoes but also Coffee”.

He said he used to do an advertising campaign to encourage the purchase of Colombian agricultural products to help farmers, however, now “when we want to buy from farmers, the inputs increase by 300%”.

He explained that the problem with increasing inputs is that then these tariffs “are not even invested in the country, there is no return”.

He pointed out that if a thorough investigation is carried out into where the inputs are coming from or who the supplier is and whether their prices have increased, “they will realize that behind this there is a very serious political problem which directly affects Farmers”.

“What’s going on? Well, now the farmers won’t have enough money to buy the inputs and produce potatoes, so the next step is that the Minister of Agriculture will import potatoes as they have done many times and that’s what we were all against at the time, that they import potatoes from Belgium, Holland and the United States”, a- he declared.

He pointed out that with the 300% increase in inputs, it is impossible to buy the potato or produce it when it will arrive much cheaper from Belgium, Holland and the United States.

On the other hand, the peasant leader César Pachón and senatorial candidate for the Historic Pact, recalled that a year ago, due to the crisis, the peasants went bankrupt.

Many have not been able to sow again and that is why there is little supply at the moment, besides the inputs have increased by 50-100%, the politician said while accusing the government of having caused food insecurity.

“This is how this government works, it does not help the peasantry, the peasantry goes bankrupt, production falls, supply falls short of demand, consumer prices rise and the government makes a decision: to import food,” he said.

Over the past few months, food prices have been rising in the country and inflation in 2021 has generated an exponential increase in family food basket values.

According to the National Administrative Department of Statistics, inflation in 2021 was 5.62 percent, the highest figure in the past five years, and the hardest hit sector was food and beverages.

On January 28, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) included Colombia, Honduras and Haiti in a list of countries at risk of famine in 2022; the report indicates that 7.3 million Colombians will need food assistance this year and compares this situation to those of Ethiopia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.


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