The President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, announced this Sunday a “second agrarian reform” in the country, which seeks to provide technology and connectivity, to “value” local production.

The program, which includes the creation of an “agrarian development cabinet,” has “five lines of work” and “does not seek to expropriate land or affect anyone’s property rights,” said the president.

“We propose to change the way of governing so that our State places itself at the service of family farmers relegated for decades, government after government, and that ends today,” he said.

Castillo said that the first measure will be the creation of a “cabinet for agrarian and rural development” that he himself will preside over and will be made up of various ministries from his cabinet, as well as representatives of regional and municipal governments.

From that cabinet, policies for agricultural development will be designed and promoted, including “a series of direct and immediate support measures for farmers.”

He argued that producers “today are living in a severe crisis due to the pandemic and the rising cost of their inputs,” according to the Andina news agency.

He added that, “despite the productive capacity and diversity, these years of neglect have turned the country into a nation highly dependent on the importation of agricultural inputs and food, which must culminate.”

The head of state announced that “in the coming weeks” adjustments will be made to the “price band”, as Peru calls a trade policy instrument used to stabilize import costs and domestic prices of a group. selected from agricultural products.

He promised a program of direct support for the purchase of fertilizers by small farmers, due to the recent increase in prices.

He questioned that Peru is “the only country in the Pacific basin that has phosphates and, instead of producing fertilizers, exports them as raw material for other countries to produce them.”

“That is why we have begun studies to install a phosphate-based fertilizer production plant in Bayóvar, which we have in Piura; in my government we will have a fertilizer plant, and we will even become exporters of phosphate fertilizers in the region,” he said. .

Likewise, Castillo said that the reform seeks to give fairer access to markets, for which it will promote an “ambitious program of public purchases of food for family farming”, to which some 72.5 million dollars will be allocated in the next 12 months.

“Likewise, we will invest public resources for the construction of product markets in all the country’s provinces, creating a network of modern markets,” he said.

Another axis of the reform is “the protection and care of water”, for which “a water sowing and harvesting program will be implemented that includes the construction of hundreds of lakes (lagoons) and micro-reservoirs in our Andean basins” , said.

“Without water there is no agriculture and without agriculture there is no food; water is scarce and we have to learn to use it efficiently,” for which “we will promote a massive program of irrigation technification at the national level,” he said.

On the other hand, Castillo pointed out that the fifth axis “contains the central elements of transformation that will lead to a structural change in agriculture: more associativity and cooperativity among producers, as well as industrialization and rural development.”

“I want to announce that all tax benefits for cooperatives will be applicable to peasant and native communities, we recognize them not only as social organizations, but also as productive and business organizations with full economic rights,” he stressed.

He added that another of the measures in the context of the reform will be a “fund for rural women”, which will allow the deployment of various programs of technical, business and social support to the more than 700,000 agricultural producers in the country.

The first agrarian reform in Peru, which included changes in the land ownership regime, was put into practice in 1969, during the dictatorship of General Juan Velasco Alvarado.

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