According to the sources, it has been reported recently by the Minister of Agriculture, Aurelio Iragorri that we are ambitious with the idea that by the year 2018, Colombia will have a self-sufficient rice production with in view of the measures being implemented different portfolios to achieve the goal. After his visit to the city of Cartagena, Iragorri confirmed that it has already been authorized to import 200,000 tons of rice from Uruguay and Paraguay, where the cereal production are in deficit and now will exceed in the existing two years.
Further, in this regard, the associations hopes to plant rice this year to 60,000 additional hectares planted while about 89,000 hectares were grew last year. In case, if we continue as we go, and hopefully so, at the end of this government we will be self-sufficient in rice issue in this country, as it was stated by Iragorri in 'Caracol Radio'. The head of the agriculture portfolio was emphatic in saying that the cereal production is the worst in terms of numbers. It was also informed that we import 100% of wheat, 97% barley, 30% of rice, 100% of yellow corn. In addition, we are also importing a lot of products that can generate in Colombia, as revealed by the Minister.