AMERICA/PARAGUAY - The Bishops: "May the State listen to the cry of farmers and their proposals"

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Asuncion (Agenzia Fides) - The Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (CEP) expresses its support to the needs of the population that will give life to the XXIII " March of the Poor Farmer" scheduled today, March 17, in the Paraguayan capital, where thousands of families grouped in the National Peasant Federation (FNC) are expected to attend.
"We need to promote structural solutions to the problems of farmers through dialogue and meetings between the heads of the public policies of integral and sustainable development", says the letter of the CEP sent to Fides.
The Bishops emphasize the needs of families living in rural areas of the country and reaffirm that the solution is to establish a "family farming" model for the farmers of Paraguay. They also highlight the need for urgent action in the field of health care and public education for the rural population. The text concludes by recalling that "it is the responsibility of the State to listen to the cry of farmers and their proposals".
Fides also received the testimony of His Exc. Mgr. Gabriel Escobar Ayala, SDB, Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Chaco Paraguayo, who invites the population to denounce the terrible situation of the roads within the country, especially in Alto Paraguay, where practically no roads exist. The Bishop said that on March 15 they had to rescue a sick boy, about 100 km from Fuerte Olimpo. Although they went with a SUV, equipped for this kind of terrain, they almost risked not reaching the place because of the 17 interruptions encountered along the way, thus putting at risk the boy's health. Mgr. Escobar has already denounced this situation on previous occasions (see Fides 29/02/2016). (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 17/03/2016)