Today The Government Will Define The Future of COOSEMUPAR
Tuesday, December 22 2009 @ 02:28 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Jose Elias Gonzalez, one of the Coosemupar delegates, said the approval process and the submission of documents was transparent and he said that the companies who failed to submit their bids did so because they wanted to "fish in troubled waters and a business like this requires a company that is solvent and with market experience."
In Barú there are about 3,000 hectares of banana production areas, and more than a year ago exportations of the fruit stopped due to the plantations being affected by the Black Sigatoka fungus and a lack of money for maintenance of the plantations. The government of Martín Torrijos continued subsidizing the banana workers while seeking investors to raise their production and the economy.
Today the hopes of the 2,800 banana workers and their families lay with the announcement that will be made by the evaluation commission and the Panamanian Autonomous Cooperative Institute in David, because their families' livelihoods and dignity depend on it. Workers in the area are going through a grave economic crisis due to the loss of jobs in the banana plantations. Coosemupar, which manages the banana plantations in the area, is in deep financial crisis that has kept the production of bananas on the floor.