Chocó: 50,000 liters of milk will be distributed to vulnerable communities

Chocó: 50,000 liters of milk will be distributed to vulnerable communities
Chocó: 50,000 liters of milk will be distributed to vulnerable communities

He Department of agriculture and Rural Development announced that, through the National Livestock Fund (FNG) managed by Fedegán, 50,000 liters of milk and cheese will be distributed to vulnerable communities in the department of Chocó.

This action It will benefit numerous families, with special attention to children from five municipalities in the region. “The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will coordinate with the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) the delivery of this high-quality UHT milk to kindergartens managed by the entity,” stated the Ministry of Agriculture.

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The distribution in the benefited municipalities will be carried out as follows: Istmina will receive 11,000 liters; Quibdó, 12,000; Tadó, 11,000; Riosucio, 11,000, and in Bahía Solano 5,000 liters will be delivered.

Ingritts Marcela García, director of Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Chains of the ministry, highlighted that this delivery represents a double benefit.

On the one hand, responds to the situation that affects milk producers in the departments of Nariño and Caquetá by purchasing milk and cheese in this region. On the other hand, it benefits the Chocó communities.

“This measure is added to other actions to address the situation that affects the dairy sector of our country, on which nearly 320,000 producers and their families depend. We call on Colombians to increase the consumption of Colombian milk and support these homes. Currently, per capita consumption is 150 liters of milk,” the ministry said.

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development highlighted that, according to the report presented by the National Administrative Department of Statistics (Dane), The added value of agriculture, livestock, hunting, forestry and fishing registered an increase of 5.5% in the first quarter of 2024, compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

This was the economic activity with the highest growth in the economy during the period from January to March. According to Dane, The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 0.7% in the first three months of the current year compared to the same period in 2023.

This represents growth in the agricultural sector significantly higher than the national total, with an increase of 4.8 percentage points in this period. This increase is due to the growth in the added value of agricultural crops (excluding coffee) by 9.3% and livestock, which increased by 3.3%.

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