Paraguay is one of the smaller countries that make up the International Soybean Grower Alliance.
Last week that group was in China talking about the role biotechnology plays in meeting the world’s growing demand for soybeans. Karsten Friedrichsen, president of the Oilseed Producers Association of Paraguay says its important for them to be part of such an organization.
“Ninety percent of our soybeans are for exports,” he says. “It’s very important for Paraguay to participate with the other larger producers of soybeans because the economy of Paraguay depends on a strong market for soybeans.”
Because members of the group share similar concerns with market access in places like the European Union and China, Friedrichsen says its important for the countries that supply over 90 percent of the world’s soybeans to have a unified voice.