From the northern area of Chalatenango, President Nayib Bukele presented last December 8th, the first phase of the Agricultural Reactivation Plan called: RECETO. With an initial investment of $ 44 million ($ 24M directly for RECETO) this inter-institutional plan aims to guarantee El Salvador’s food security and sovereignty.
The President described how historically and for 40 years the development of agriculture is one of the most important historical debts that the country has and how the execution of this plan will recover the economy and the well-being of the population, taking into account that currently 90% of the fruits and vegetables consumed are imported.
In Chalatenango, the aim is to encourage farmers to produce the three vegetables most consumed by Salvadorans: tomatoes, cabbage, and onion. Support from the central government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock will initially be given through the delivery of 600 kits for the development of agriculture including irrigation systems with a 10-year guarantee to generate the sustainability that during the governments of the past was absent.
Among the benefits that the execution of this first phase brings to El Salvador is the generation of 3,500 direct jobs in the Chalatenango area and around 18,000 indirect jobs throughout the production chain.
In addition, Nayib Bukele explained that the benefits in terms of agriculture that our country offers regionally will be used, orienting the San Miguel area towards fruit production, including mango, guava, pineapple, and citrus. In Santa Ana, the soil favors the production of avocado, melon, and seeds. This is how soon the incentives and the plan itself will be present in these areas.
Within what was described as “ruralization of the country” is the objective of comprehensively improving the quality of life so that Salvadorans do not need to migrate. Currently, through the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, investment is being made to improve 64km of roads in Chalatenango; improvements that directly benefit 275,000 inhabitants and allow to enhance mobility and reduce transit times. This type of road works will be extended to all the borders of El Salvador to boost production exports.