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Senator Julio Salazar:

Bolivia: “Cochabamba produces more bananas than coca”

Governing senator Julio Salazar claims that increasing banana cultivation in the Cochabamba region has a demoralizing effect on the production of coca. The senator happily declared the project a success: “Thanks to this shift our economy will be stimulated by honest farmers, not by coca. Right now the bananas are being exported to Argentina, Chile en Peru.”

According to official data banana sales to Argentina boil down to 50 million dollars a year, with Bolivia shipping nearly 5 million crates. Employment in the sector is also on the rise. Salazar says the production of palm and pineapple is increasing as well. Cochabamba, like los Yungas, are focusing on bananas instead of coca, a development regulated by the limiting of coca plantations.

Illegal production of coca has diminished in Cochabambino, Salazar stated, and is moving to Ayopaya and Carrasco.

Source: Fmbolivia

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