The 12 days of blockades left a balance of losses exceeding $ 100 million to the productive apparatus that develops its activities in Santa Cruz. The Eastern Chamber of Agriculture (CAO) assured that all sectors were affected, but those who felt the effects most strongly were chicken, pork, and beef and dairy cattle producers and that it will file a criminal complaint against the material authors and instigators of the blockades.
The sector lost 65 million bolivianos ($9.33 mn) in container exports and imports alone due to the blockades registered since last week and which persist in some parts of the country, due to the existence of stones and earth that obstruct the passage of roads. The sector asked the government to take into account the proposals of its industry to regularize the shipping agencies operating in the country and to enforce the Supreme Decree on the use of containers.
Bolivia's Central Bank (BCB) projects an economic contraction of 6.2% in 2020. Inflation could be around 1.7%. Monetary incentives to respond to COVID-19 represented 19% of GDP, one of the highest efforts in the region. The BCB warned that the scenario for the coming quarters is a volatile one and difficult to foresee. The exit from the health crisis will demand even greater efforts.
The National Chamber of Industry estimates that, in the 12 days of the blockade of social organizations alone, the industry has lost some $120 million so far and foresees the loss of thousands of jobs. The business sector is demanding government measures to promote the Bolivian Purchase Agreement, establishing that 20% of wages and salaries allocate to the purchase products with a Bolivian-made seal. It would represent about $ 200 million that would boost the demand for national products and contribute to the reactivation of the domestic industry.
Cochabamba produces about 1.7 million birds per week; this implies a loss of about 4.8 million dollars due to the blockades; its main markets are Oruro, La Paz and Potosi.