Cracks Appear in Peru’s Neoliberal Agriculture, by Yanis Iqbal

Protests of Nov 17 - City Centre (Lima, Perú)

Image by Samantha Hare via Flickr

by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
December 14, 2020

Farm workers in various regions of Peru – such as Ica, Viru La Libertad and Piurahad – went on a strike in the first week of December 2020, blocking the strategic Pan-American motorway to demand wage increases, basic social security benefits and the repeal of the decades-old Agrarian Promotion Law, enacted in 2000, as a mechanism to bolster the bourgeoisie’s power in the agro-export sector. The law benefits agro-export corporations in two ways. Firstly, it cuts the corporate tax rate by 30 to 15%, making the government lose out on more than $1 million in tax revenue. Agrokasa, Beta and Miranda are some of the companies benefitting from such hefty income tax cuts.

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