Industrias Lara Bisch S.A., a company dedicated to the production of flexible packaging, plastic and cardboard packaging, continuous forms, rolls of invoices and securities, suspended its operations since Saturday, October 31st due to the impossibility of financially sustaining the company. More than 150 workers - 120 directly and 30 indirectly - were affected by the decision to close. Law 1055 protects the workers to take as a social enterprise; the employees are still in dialogue to define future actions.
The Government officially launched the Denomination of Origin of the Royal Quinoa of the Southern Highlands of Bolivia. It is the result of hard work, and now it is possible to announce to the world that the royal quinoa originates from Bolivia.
The trade balance in the food sector remains favourable for Bolivia. Until September of this year, according to the last report of Foreign Trade, carried out by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) the country registered a surplus of $us 63 million. The increase in exports of quinoa by 3.5%, bananas by 0.1% and chia by 23% stand out. And so did the commercialization of meat, which registered a rise of 218.9%. Food exports represent 11.7% of total foreign sales.