A Colombian government plan to help investors from Cargill Inc. to airline magnate German Efromovich develop more land for crops was stopped in its tracks days ago.
The reason, according to a farming organization: it was killed by the country’s largest rebel group, meeting with officials for peace talks 1,400 miles away in Havana. The government says it was withdrawn because of time constraints.
The bill, crucial for oil palm plantations of the type Efromovich envisions, was withdrawn from Congress on Dec. 3 just 13 days after it was first put forward. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, complained it contravened agreements made in talks held in the Cuban capital, said Rafael Mejia, president of the Colombian Agriculture Society.
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