La Paz, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) The state-owned Bolivian Food Production Support Company (Emapa) continues today the distribution of chicken meat for sale to the population in this city and in neighboring El Alto.
“We are going to bring the product this week at 15.50 bolivianos (just over two dollars), we are going to sell it in the markets of La Paz, that is the fair price, that is the price that really after covering all production costs the poultry sector should sell in the national market”, affirmed the Minister of Productive Development and Plural Economy, Néstor Huanca.
The owner reiterated to the public channel Bolivia TV that the supply of chicken meat and other products for the family basket is guaranteed.
He commented that the Government of President Luis Arce is concerned that some political sector announces a shortage, which is false.
He described that, through Emapa, corn is supplied to the poultry sector at a subsidized price so that the cost of chicken meat remains stable and does not affect the pocket of Bolivian families.
Elaborating on the subject, Huanca reported that in 2022 the state company collected some 152,882 tons of grain in its silos to supply the livestock sector (poultry, pig farmers, and dairy farmers) in the country.
In statements to Prensa Latina, the general manager of Emapa, Franklin Flores, asserted that “now in Bolivia there is no longer a monopoly in the production of chicken meat because Emapa supplies small and medium-sized livestock with corn at a subsidized price for sale of that food in the internal market”.
He added that the company sells this meat in its stores at 15.30 bolivianos (about two dollars) per kilogram, and if the demand for the product increases, “obviously” the delivery of corn to poultry farmers will increase.
Flores recalled that EMAPA buys corn from small and medium-sized producers at 100 bolivianos (about 14 dollars) per quintal, but sells that same peso at 65 bolivianos (about 9 dollars) to poultry, pork and dairy farmers.
In this way, he reasoned, they benefit from a subsidy of 35 bolivianos (seven dollars), and this allows the prices of these products to remain stable.
After the arrest of Luis Fernando Camacho, governor of Santa Cruz, his transfer to La Paz and his preventive imprisonment in the Chonchocoro maximum security prison in La Paz, his followers threatened to block the shipment of food to the rest of the country.
Camacho is charged as part of the Coup d’état I case, which investigates the conspiracy that paved the way for Jeanine Áñez’s illegal access to the presidency, the imposition of a de facto government, and the subsequent crimes against those who demanded the restoration of constitutional order.