March 29th march in defense of the agricultural sector

The agricultural sector has been neglected for at least 30 years and has been outside the priorities of the governments in power. Progressively, they have been destroying the dynamization of the rural economy, which generates welfare and social peace. Increasingly, the country is becoming a food importing country.

On March 29, 2023 Costa Rica will be in defense of the agricultural sector. This is an important step for the country, as it seeks to protect its farming sector from external threats, such as climate change and economic instability. This movement is part of a larger effort to ensure that the country’s agricultural sector remains viable and productive in the future.

To defend its agricultural sector, Costa Rica has taken a number of steps including introducing new regulations, investing in research and development, and providing incentives for farmers. However, the current government has not presented concrete plans for agricultural reactivation.

A march for more visibility

For the past 30 years, the agricultural sector in Costa Rica has been neglected and abandoned by the government.

On March 29, 2023, a group of farmers and activists will gather in San Jose to protest this neglect and demand that the government take action.

This protest is a call to action for all Costa Rican citizens to defend their rights and fight for a better future for their agricultural sector. The goal is to raise awareness about the problem of abandonment and create an environment where farmers can thrive without fear of being forgotten or ignored by their government. With this protest, we hope that Costa Rica can once again become a leader in sustainable agricultural practices.

What are the sector’s demands?

The agricultural sector in Costa Rica is of utmost importance for the economic and social development of the country. It provides employment for a large part of the population, helps feed the nation and contributes significantly to the rural economy. Therefore, it is critical that we defend it from external threats such as climate change, pests and diseases, and other external pressures.

  1. Do not incorporate Costa Rica in the “Pacific Alliance” trade agreement, or in any other trade agreement or treaty that would diminish the participation of national production.
  2. Construction of a comprehensive State agrarian policy to promote the economic reactivation of the national productive sector, with a differentiated perspective of territory, trade model, production, gender and action against climate change.
  3. The establishment of a Special Mixed Commission in the Legislative Assembly to place the agrarian issue as a State policy and to analyze the key issues and challenges that the agricultural and agroindustrial productive sector is currently facing.

These measures are aimed at ensuring that the country’s agricultural sector remains strong and resilient despite external challenges.

Defense of the agricultural sector must be based on an approach that promotes rural economic democracy. This means that farmers must have access to resources such as land, credit, technology and market access to maximize their productivity and profitability. It also requires public policies that recognize the rights of smallholders to land tenure security and access to markets. This approach would ensure that farmers can benefit from their work while protecting them from exploitation by large agribusinesses.

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