AMERICA/PARAGUAY - The Bishops invite the State to listen to the demands of farmers

Friday, 15 April 2016 collaboration   indigenous   poverty   bishops

Asuncion (Agenzia Fides) - The Episcopal Conference of Paraguay (CEP) has requested the presence of the State alongside farmers, the promotion of programs to prevent the uprooting of families and highlighted the strength of the cooperatives which have mobilized for two weeks, demanding dialogue with the government.
In a statement released yesterday, sent to Fides, the Bishops of Paraguay express concern because after the requests made there is still no response or even the sign of some sort of institutional reform that presupposes the development of this sector. "An attitude that generates even greater suffering among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged", the text reads. "In the present circumstances, it seems necessary to establish some form of dialogue to listen to the farmers and to propose solutions that meet the EU standards", says the text.
The document concludes by asking national authorities to listen to the demands of the peasants, "valuing the culture of encounter. The CEP also calls for promoting family farming to encourage development.
Paraguay is concerned following the news that from 1 April the country's cooperatives must pay 10% tax (VAT). There have been mass demonstrations in front of Congress. Yesterday afternoon, the law (46 votes against 24) was approved, therefore all cooperatives will have to pay the ''Impuesto Valor Agregado (VAT)". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 15/04/2016)