AGRIBUSINESS LAWS AIMED AT GENERATING CONDITIONS TO AVOID REVERSION OF LANDS AND INCREASE OF PERMITTED DEFORESTATION FOR SMALL PRODUCERS
As of September 29, 2015, the president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, enacted (3) important laws for the agribusiness sector.
These laws are aimed at generating conditions and broaden the agricultural boundary through as the land’s Economic Social Role (“ESR”) was extended to five years, to avoid reversion and the increase to 20 hectares of permitted deforestation in favor of small producers.
Law No. 739 is intended at reducing fines imposed on illegal land clearings, e.g., if an illegal clearing is subject to a fine of Bs. 1,000 making payment of 10% of this amount, for example, Bs. 100, automatically grants an extension of up to 18 months of the program to bring the illegal clearing under good standing.
Law No. 740 extends the term period for the ESR verification, which determines whether the property is subject to revision. This law extends, the ESR verification, form 2 to 5 years, allowing farmers to develop agriculture activities on their unused properties and avoid being reverted back to the State.
"Producers, particularly those at risk of being subject to revision, now have the period of 5 (five) years to implement all necessary activities and thus not incur in a cause for reversion."
Law No. 741 authorizes the clearing of up to 20 hectares on small properties and communal, or collective properties. The main purpose is to increase the agricultural territory, which needs more space for producing crops, and raising livestock.