Banana crisis in Urabá could lead thousands to illegal crops

The president of Sintrainagro, Guillermo Rivera, fears that the 3,000 workers who will lose their jobs when 32 banana farms close in Urabá will end up working in the coca plantations of the Abibe mountain range.

The Government, say business executives, needs to take the unemployment situation in this region seriously because it’s exactly the type of scenario that would make illegal armed groups rush to recruit laborers.

In Urabá, where banana farming is a source of income for 100,000 people, the level of unsatisfied basic needs is 53,18 percent, which is second only to the Lower Cauca region and a shocking four times higher than the Aburrá Valley where it is below 12 percent.

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