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    The Costa Rican News (TCRN) – The presidential candidate of the center-left Citizen Action Party (PAC), Luis Guillermo Solís, has promised Costa Rican farmers that the agriculture sector will be governed by ministers that have “dirtied their boots”.

    Solis paid a visit to the agricultural region of Perez Zeledon, in the south, where he met with producers and outlined his plans for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the National Production Council (CNP) and Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex)

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    “I want the MAG, CNP, and Comex filled with people who have had their boots dirty. People who are producers or are close to them and understand what it is to suffer because there are no roads to transport products or who have not had the money to pay themselves,” said Solis, according to a press release.

    He said the future Minister of Agriculture should be “a person who is very familiar to farmers, rather than a theorist who has only been involved in a laboratory.”

    On April 6, Solis will face a second round of voting against the candidate of the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN), Johnny Araya, who retired from the political campaign, but did not give up the nomination by a constitutional impediment.

    Solis said the ministries related to agriculture “do not talk to each other,” which has generated “little opportunity to articulate policy.”

    “I would like more joint policies for existing resources so that they can be administered more efficiently,” he added. (ACAN-EFE)

    The Costa Rican News (TCRN)

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