Soybean producers in Santa Cruz completed their first day of blockade yesterday, demanding the national government to eliminate the price band for soy derivatives, given that this system alters the negotiation with the oil industries and leaves a loss of at least 100 million dollars.
The National Centre for Vegetable Seed Production (Cnpsh) works to improve tomato and other species in the country, support producers, and guarantee food security. Every year, the institution produces more than 14,000 kilos of the seed of 14 vegetable species. Fifty per cent of the production is of carrot seed, 20 per cent of onion seed, and less than 10 per cent of tomato seed; the rest is of other species. The institution is prioritising the launch of a hybrid tomato variety on the market, which improves yields.
The National Telecommunications Company (Entel) reduced its profits by more than 430 million bolivianos ($61.7m) compared to 2018. The company's accountability report did not show the numbers of 2019 when the decline was already evident.
The illegal entry of people into the Bajo Paraguá Municipal Protected Area and the Guarayos Forest Reserve warns of the return of severe conflicts over land tenure in Santa Cruz. The Guarayos native peoples denounce that the encroachers intend to take parks, reserves and native lands even with firearms, while the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INRA) plans to authorise settlement resolutions on 4,000 hectares in the first quarter of 2021 alone.
The State Cable Car Company Mi Teleférico's service revenues fell last year by 55%, and the number of passengers transported by 58%, due to the quarantine dictated by the COVID 19 pandemic.