Following the technical committee meeting with the National Federation of Livestock Farmers (Fedegan), Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Jennifer Mojica Flores gave a positive balance of the meeting and assured that the shared commitment to move forward in the fulfillment of agricultural reform by all its constituents.
“We are going to follow the agreement with Fedegán, we are going to fulfill this commitment with the agricultural reform (…) It is a shared commitment to link all the efforts of both federations with the efforts of public institutions is for effective response of reform to achieve rapid progress”, said the Minister.
Currently, Fedegán has 448,000 hectares on offer, of which about 120,000 are technically and legally viable. Adding other proposals from the association and individuals, there are 890,000 hectares in the process of analysis to verify whether their purchase is feasible.
The Minister said that as part of the commitment to the Union, mechanisms were agreed upon to promote the economic reactivation of the livestock chain.
“The idea is to have a sustainable livestock that mitigates these climate impacts and that allows for productive reconstruction that makes it more efficient and that allows us to address use conflicts in areas where, for example, We need to restore it ecologically”, the minister specified.
He argued that agrarian reform is not limited to the purchase of land, “it should be ‘perverted'”. Furthermore, he specified that the government is planning to invest over $3 billion to purchase the land.
Regarding the three million hectares that President Gustavo Petro spoke about, the head of the portfolio said: “It is almost impossible to buy three million hectares in Colombia, there is no such level of hectares to buy. This is something we have to discuss and channelize.