Floods in Chapare caused losses of more than $1 million for agricultural producers due to damage to 2,500 hectares of crops. Of this area, 2,000 hectares correspond to banana production. The injury also includes palm heart, pineapple, cassava, citrus and rice crops over at least 500 hectares.
The Cercado Municipal Council approved yesterday the Contingency Law for Covid-19, allowing the Mayor's Office to have around Bs 38 million ($5.45 mn) to purchase supplies and hire health personnel and equip different hospitals.
The international price of soybeans and its derivatives exceeded $600 per ton, benefiting the value of exports and foreign exchange earnings. The industry is asking to take advantage of this situation to compensate for the fall in hydrocarbons. In the first quarter of this year, external sales of soybeans and derivatives totalled $241.4 million, 48% more than in the same period of 2020 and representing 11% of exports.
During the first quarter of 2021, the department of Cochabamba recorded a trade deficit of US$106 million, attributed to a 26 per cent decrease in exports and a 21 per cent increase in imports.
The Government reported on Wednesday that the Bono Contra el Hambre injected into the economy some 4,025 million bolivianos ($577.47 mn) and that with the extension of the deadline, more than 10,000 people reached.
The Santa Cruz City Hall expects to allocate $233.6 million this year to the decentralized companies in deficit, including the Santa Cruz Municipal Sanitation Company (Emacruz), the Municipal Zoo and the Botanical Garden.
Viva's investment in the country is significant and divides into stages. The first stage, which has already concluded, was focused on Santa Cruz. It began in 2020 with the installation of more than 40 LTE transmission sites and planned to install another 60 in a second stage. It will increase coverage in Santa Cruz by more than 30%. In Santa Cruz alone, the investment is $5 million.
Empresa de Apoyo a la Producción de Alimentos (Emapa) is facing international arbitration for the purchase of transgenic wheat for $2.8 million. The process is 30% complete and expects to e in June of this year.
Revenues of governments and municipalities fell this year to 2010 levels, according to official data. The mayor's office of La Paz reports a financial gap of 500 million bolivianos ($71.74 mn) and announces austerity, while the governor's office of Tarija indicates that it is bankrupt.
Fuel and lubricant imports rose 64 per cent in value and 88 per cent in volume in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year.