AGRICULTURE

Law proposed to restrict food imports

The proposal would increase the functions of the Food Safety Authority.

It was proposed April 13.

Producers and the Chamber of Commerce have clashed on some parts of the law.

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A bill to make changes to the functions of the Food Safety Authority (Aupsa) to help local farmers has been introduced to the National Assembly.

The law seeks, among other things, to prevent the importation of agricultural products during the season in which they are being harvested in the country.

"It was discovered that the imports were occurring in a disorderly and indiscriminate way," said a report on the bill, which stated that potato and onion producers were most seriously affected.

The report was signed by Agricultural Commission members Juan Serrano, Felipe Vargas, Carlos Motta, Alfredo Pérez, Juan Poveda and Noriel Salerno. It was not signed by members Roberto Ayala (PRD) and Absalón Herrera (CD).

One of the articles of the proposal generated friction between agricultural producers and the Chamber of Commerce. That provision focuses on importing controls.

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