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Tue May 12, 2020, 05:50 PM

Colombia's farmers claim government lifting import tariffs puts domestic food production at risk

by Adriaan Alsema May 12, 2020

Colombia’s farmers’ organizations said Monday that an emergency decree lifting import tariffs on corn and soy is threatening domestic food production.

The organizations called on the State Council to declare the Trade Ministry’s Decree 523, which removed the import tariffs for at least three month, unconstitutional.

Trade Minister Jose Manuel Restrepo issued this decree last month in response to the coronavirus, but without the compulsory signatures of the president and much of the cabinet.

According to farmers’ spokeswoman Velma Echavarria, the decree “finishes off domestic food production and deepens the food crisis of rural communities.”


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