Santa Cruz opens the Santa Cruz-Warnes viaduct costed $8m investment

The viaduct on the Santa Cruz-Warnes dual carriageway, which cost Bs 55.5 million ($8 million), is now a reality. The structure will free the vehicular traffic of more than 22,000 vehicles per day on the Red Vial Fundamental. It comprises three sections of 25.6 metres in span, each supported by piles. It has a total length of 1,040 metres from north to south. Its structure is 732 linear metres long, each access ramp is 321 metres long, and a bridge is 90 linear metres long.

Blockades halt exports of $2.5 mn a day

While the national government, together with soybean producers and the oil industries of Santa Cruz, continue to analyse the validity of the price band for soybean meal, the blockades on the highways connecting Santa Cruz with Cochabamba and Beni reached their third consecutive day yesterday, causing a loss of 2.5 million dollars a day for exports that are not carried out.

The National Centre for Vegetable Seed Production Produces 14,000 kg of seed

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.

Reserves are encroached upon, and INRA plans to authorise settlements on 4,000 ha

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.