Agriculture will continue to help fight poverty in the country

Agroexporters ask for political and social stability, security and infrastructure

CEOs of the most important agro-export companies in the country participated in the forum 'Agro-export Perspectives: Conquering paths for Peru', organized by ADEX.

Tuesday, February 20-.  The lack of political and social stability, security, efficient infrastructure and the opening of more markets are some of the obstacles identified by the CEOS of 4 of the most important agroindustrial companies in the country, so that this sector continues to contribute to the growth of the country and in particular to the fight against poverty.

It was on the forum'Agro-export Perspectives: Conquering roads for Peru', organized by the Exporters Association (ADEX), which had the participation of the Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), Jennifer Contreras Álvarez; the vice minister of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru (Mincetur), Teresa Mera; and the president of the union, Julio Pérez Alván.

In his dissertation, Perez Alvan highlighted the presence of the main actors in the sector and mentioned that last year exports from agro-exporters closed in US$ 10 thousand 180 million and it was the second most prominent activity after mining. “It helped generate 2 million direct, indirect and induced jobs,” he highlighted.

He said that the members of this chain help reduce informality and continue working despite the social political turbulence and the effects of climate change. He added that in ADEX They are concerned about the situation and will continue to support good initiatives and express their opinion regarding measures that do not add to the competitiveness of companies.

The panorama is immense; There are problems and challenges, but also hope – he continued –, this 2024 is special not only because of the inauguration of the port of Chancay, the progress in the airport works, but because Lima will be the headquarters of the APEC forum.

Jennifer Contreras Alvarez Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation

CEOs

The CEO of Danper Trujillo SAC, Rosario Bazán de Aranguri; the CEO of Camposol SA, José Antonio Gómez Bazan; the president of Ecosac Agricultural SAC, Mario Mustafa Aguinaga and the CEO of Cerro Prieto, Percy Muente Kunigami agreed in pointing out the value of the joint work of the public and private sectors and mentioned some of the problems and opportunities.

Bazán de Aranguri Company Danper highlighted the importance of the sector in generating employment, particularly among women in rural areas and in vulnerable situations. “Agribusiness will continue to grow to the extent that the State avoids social conflicts, preserves the rule of law, economic stability and legal security,” she said.

“Social conflicts scare away investments and bring with them greater poverty that currently affects 10 million of the 32 million Peruvians, who do not have access to basic services and education. This situation is a breeding ground for conflicts, which is why the government must be required not only to grow GDP, but also to improve the conditions of our compatriots,” he emphasized.

Mustafa Aguinaga de Ecosac He said that the international market offers more opportunities, particularly for fresco presentations, but joint work is required, and the work of the State with the aim of planning and improving the execution of the works. He added that security, the development of new markets and the Cabotage Law should not be neglected. “Optimism is there, but the projects must be brought to reality,” she said.

from left to right: Jose Antonio Gomez Bazan, Rosario Bazán, Julio Pérez Alván, Teresa Mera Gómez, Mario Mustafá Aguinaga, Percy Muente Kunigami, Edgar Vasquez

José Antonio Gómez Bazan Company Camposol recommended working on a strategic plan for 2054 that includes several lines such as energy, water resources and access roads, among others, otherwise growth and the ability to generate more employment will be limited.

“This plan must be executed regardless of the color of the government in power. It must include credits for small producers, access to water and energy. “Chile came out ahead because it structured something similar,” he commented.

In turn, Percy Muente Kurigami Cerro Prieto He also emphasized the need to improve infrastructure in the country and legal security. “Unblocking pending works and helping small producers will help maintain Peru's reputation as a reliable supplier in the long term,” he said.

The minister of MidagriJennifer Contreras Álvarez agreed with Pérez Alván in the sense that 2024 will be a year of challenges, but that the government's objective is to advance the pending agenda that has been postponed for years.

“We must overcome the problems of connectivity, water and infrastructure. We will strengthen Senasa and the articulation of INIA with the private sector and academia. We must be prepared in the face of climate change and promote a preventive culture,” she commented.

After indicating that for this year an increase of 3.5% in agricultural production is planned, added that more favorable agro-climatic conditions were predicted, but that despite this, his office plans to invest around S/ 1,200 million in prevention works and credits to producers.

In turn, the vice minister of Mincetur, Teresa Mera, reported that the 81% of agricultural exports come mainly from Libertad, Ica, Piura and Lambayeque, which together represent the 60% of the total value.

Along these lines, he highlighted the importance of improving logistics through the optimization of key corridors and the development of port infrastructure projects. “Actions are being carried out to promote the north and south interoceanic corridors, as well as consolidate the Callao-Chancay multimodal axis,” he said.

Finally, he highlighted that in the last 10 years, agricultural exports Peruvian (9%) they grew more than other countries in the region: Mexico (8%), Bolivia (7%), Honduras (6%), Colombia (6%), Dominican Republic (6%), Brazil (5%), Chile (3%), among others. “Thanks to the public-private effort, a diversified and sustainable agro-export basket was developed,” he concluded.

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