A representative of rice growers said Monday that they oppose a free market for their product.
The growers, in the person of the president of the Asamblea Nacional de Productores and of the Asamblea General de Conarroz, was responding to press reports that negotiations were underway to free the price of rice, which is now controlled by the government.
The president is Oscar Campos.
Rice is highly controlled, and the price is not competitive with the same product from other countries.
The president of the organizations said that instead of letting the market determine the price, he expected the government to seek an exception from the World Trade Organization to reduce the amount of rice coming into the country.