Global Economic Activity Index – IGAE grew 2.1% year-on-year

The performance of the economy reflected through the Global Index of Economic Activity - IGAE, in the first two months (January and February) of 2020 grew by 2.1% compared to the similar period of the previous year. The activities that influenced in this behaviour were the Manufacturing Industry with 0.5% and Agriculture, (includes the livestock, forestry, hunting and fishing sectors) with 0.4% growing in 3.1% and 3.6% respectively; on the other hand, the extractive activities (Crude Oil and Natural Gas and Metallic and Non-Metallic Minerals) presented adverse incidence.

Bolivia produces nearly 1,000 tons of corn per year; transgenic seeds endanger native varieties

Each year, Bolivia produces about a thousand tons of corn. Santa Cruz has 57%, Tarija 16%, Cochabamba and Sucre 10% each, according to data. It estimates that the consumption of corn in Bolivia is between 17 and 60 kilos per person per year and is the basis for the production of animal feed. The average corn crop yield ranges from 2.08 to 2.72 tons per hectare. The incursion of genetically modified seeds will put at risk the subsistence of at least 28 native varieties widely used in the production of chicha, pasqalla, ch'uspillo, api and others.