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.

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.

Bolivia signs deal with China’s Sinopharm to acquire 500.000 coronavirus vaccines

Bolivia said it had inked an agreement with China's Sinopharm locking in an initial supply of 500,000 doses of the company´s vaccine against coronavirus by the end of February. Bolivian President Luis Arce said China’s President Xi Jinping had agreed to sell Bolivia 400,000 doses and had donated another 100,000 doses to the South American nation.

Government signed agreements to promote the industrialisation of coca leaf

The Ministry of Rural Development and Lands signed agreements with two universities in the department of La Paz to promote the industrialisation of coca leaf and its use in agricultural production.The agreement aims at the elaboration and agronomic validation of compost based on coca leaf, and the basic transformation of its derivatives.