The Chilean Congress is currently considering the 2013 budget for the Ministry of Agriculture.
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Proposed 2013 Budget for the Ministry of Agriculture
Agriculture in the News
Rachel Bickford, Agricultural Attache
Nelson Ramirez, Agricultural Specialist
Ministry of Agriculture sends proposed budget for 2013 to Congress
The Chilean Congress is currently considering the 2013 budget for the Ministry of Agriculture. At this time the
budget has an increase of 4.1 percent over the 2012 budget, a growth of close to $32 million. The divisions that
will receive the most funding deal with social and rural development. The Agency for Rural Development
(INDAP) will likely get the biggest budget share with an 8.3 percent increase representing 48 percent of the total
budget for the Ministry of Agriculture. The agricultural emergency loan program area will receive $34 million
which provide 75,000 potential beneficiaries with access to working capital. There will be funding for research
and development and programs like soil recuperation and irrigation. Meanwhile, the resources of the
Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) will remain the same. The primary program goal of this division is the
eradication of tuberculosis which received a budget increase of 3 percent. We see a significant growth in the
budget request for the National Irrigation Commission (CNR). If congress approves their request the budget for
research will increase from $30 million to $226 million.
The Deputy Secretary of Agriculture will control the budget for institutions that do research and development,
such as the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA) and the Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA). These
two entities will likely receive budget increases of 4%, but there is also growth in funding for the Center for
Natural Resource Information (CIREN) and the Forestry Institute (INFOR). The same goes for the Office of
Agricultural Studies and Policies (PASO) whose primary function is to support agreements with the National
Institute of Statistics (INE) to generate statistics and CIREN and its research, relevant to the need for timely and
The National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), will receive a cut of about 7 percent overall, but the fire
management program has a significant increase of 19 percent, which will go primarily towards staffing and
operating costs and investment in equipment.
Numbers can vary once the final budget leaves Congress for the President’s signature.