El Salvador Boosts Agriculture

San Salvador - The Salvadorian government started a program on Thursday to revitalize the former strength of agriculture, increase production and legalize land possession.

"We want to turn the countryside into the driving force of the country's productive development," President Mauricio Funes said in the ceremony to launch the plan, and recalled that the sector had been forgotten for years.

By vitue of the new policy, the authorities will speed up handing over title deeds of lands to farmers, until reaching 3,000 in the first 100 days of the new government.

The Executive has granted 934 title deeds since it assumed power on June 1, to families that had been for over 20 years awaiting legalization. Simultaneously to that measure, production of essential grains will be increased, by means of handing over fertilizers and packages of improved corn, bean, rice and sorghum seeds.

This measure will benefit 600,000 farmers and will allow increasing national production in 10 percent in the 2009-2010 period.

The government has also planned to renew the coffee park in the five upcoming years and will distribute 20 million plants among producers.

They will also create an integral program to develop cattle farms, promoting the use of improved pasture and low cost feeding, said Funes.

The government program also includes providing the farmers with technical assistance and agricultural supplies, doubling the areas sown with fruits and vegetables, and granting credits to producers.



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