Soybean producers began blocking roads in different areas of Santa Cruz demanding the elimination of a price band that regulates the sale of soybean meal. According to the sector, this regulation causes a reduction of $50 per tonne, which generates a total loss of more than $100 million for the sector.
Exports reached $692.6 million in January, 10.3% less than in the same month of 2020, when sales abroad reached $772.1 million. The fall is due to negative variations in economic activities such as hydrocarbon extraction (-37.3%), agriculture, livestock, hunting and fishing (-6.2%) and manufacturing industry (-1.2%). The National Institute of Statistics also reports that imports in January reached $565.4 million, 27.7% less than in January last year.
A plane carrying 500,000 vaccines from China's Sinopharm will arrive this Wednesday to Santa Cruz. Bolivia and China signed an agreement on 11 February for the acquisition of the vaccines. In addition to the vaccines, the aircraft is carrying syringes, medicines and five non-invasive respirators donated by a Chinese company in June 2020.
The Bolivian Highway Administration (ABC) is seeking funding to complete the road that will connect El Alto with the Yungas region. The project began in 2013 and it was announced that it will require an investment of $20.8 million.
The swollen rivers in Beni, mainly in Mamoré, threaten 300,000 livestock and to date 850 properties have already been impacted, informed the treasurer of the Federación de Ganaderos de Beni (Fegabeni), Herlán Ojopi.