The greatest hero in human history was actually a hero from the Inca Empire. A generous hero who managed to save the lives of more than half the planet between the 1600s and 1800s.
Here are some clues: What do grilled chicken and sausage have in common?
The potato, of course! In its 8000 years of cultivation, the potato has stood out for its nutritional contribution in the world, serving as a reserve in times of scarcity and becoming a staple food to combat famine in times of war and poor harvests.
Peru has the largest variety of potato in the world – about three thousand – and is the largest potato producer in Latin America with 700 thousand tons per year. However, the immense well-being that this product produces today in millions of people around the world, paradoxically, is not enough for the heirs of its creators, the farmers of the Andes, to ensure a decent life for their children.
Thousands of farmers from Huanaco, Ayacucho, Junin and other Andean regions had to go out to protest and organize a national strike in January.
The price of the famous tuber dropped to S/0.20 a kilo when it should cost S/0.80, bringing to the brink of misery more than 700,000 Peruvian families who live off Peruvian potato production.
Experts indicate that the causes of this dramatic scenario would be various:
- The climate change that has made the harvest of the mountains and the coast coincide, excessively increasing the supply of potatoes
- The importation of European potato for fast food restaurants in Peru
- Lack of efficient distribution systems that increase transport costs
The government has proposed to buy the surplus production, allocating S/. 1.5 million per region but this only represents 1% of the annual production. The agricultural leaders have other proposals:
- Raise taxes on imported potatoes
- Adopt a new law on agrarian promotion
- That the state increase the budget to buy the production
- Promoting fair trade and the indigenous community economy
Let’s hope that the Peruvian potato and its producers – who deserve a lot of respect because they want to preserve the wealth of their country – receive back some of what they gave so much of to the world. Let us not wait, let us join in from where we can in this fight.
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What else can be done? Demand that the potato they serve you be Peruvian!