Bolivia Halts Corn, Sorghum Exports

La Paz, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Government has decided to suspend corn and sorghum exports as exceptional, temporary measure to stabilize prices and avoid smuggling.

  Minister for Rural Development and Lands Nemesia Achacollo explained it is a transitory measure intended to normalize costs of those products and ensure food sovereignty.

The Armed Forces, the police and customs offices will enforce the decree, and be in charge of seizing products on their way to neighboring countries, she declared.

The government will coordinate with local governments the commercialization and transport of those products at fair prices on the internal market, and speculators will be sanctioned according to the law, Achacollo stressed.

She also sustained that once the decree is promulgated, there will be no reasons for a rise in the prices of chicken meat on the internal market.

Local authorities made the decision in defense of national interest, faced with rises in the prices of chicken, corn, and sorghum.

Source: Prensa Latina

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