Olmos project excludes small farmers

Martes, 26th Abril 2011

Specialists are requesting that the rules governing the auction of land via the Olmos Project (Proyecto Olmos) in Peru's Lambayeque region be changed in order to avoid the potential risk that the 38 mil hectares at stake be taken over by a small group of large-scale investors. The article argues that the current rules governing the auction will prevent small and medium farmers of the area to acquire even the smallest piece of land available under the plan, around 250 hectares, due to the high cost of the land –estimated at around over a million dollars. According to Fernando Eguren, President of the Peruvian organization Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES), the approval of the rules of the auction was made without the consent of the Lambayeque community.