2011 Elections | February 9, 2011 [ 13:14 ]
Toledo: "I'm a stubborn indian, but patient"LivinginPeru.com
|Toledo during a meeting in Piura, Tuesday night. (Photo: Toledo Campaign Office)
Alejandro Toledo said Wednesday morning, “I am a stubborn indian, but patient” during his campaign tour in Peru’s northern coast, reported El Comercio
His comment was a response to recent poll results
that make him the favorite, so far, to win Peru’s presidential elections in April.
“My political rivals are ganging up against me
, but I have decided not to respond the attacks… Now everybody shoots against the guy who is on top [of the polls], but for each attack I receive, I’ll respond with an idea, a proposal…” he said.
Toledo said it is necessary to strengthen agriculture and agro industry sectors in order to “take advantage of our blessed resources that we can give added value to and, as a result, generate more jobs.”
“I promise to create a million new jobs in the agricultural sector and potentiate the "Sierra Productiva" program
that started with García’s administration. We have to give continuity to the good things done during this government,” he said.
Toledo expressed his interest in promoting drip irrigation, a system through which 150 thousand new hectares of land could be used for agriculture. “With these techniques we can obtain 50 percent more production,” he assured.
If elected president, Toledo said he would maximize the commercial agreements Peru has signed with other countries that “shouldn’t only benefit big agricultural companies, but also medium and small businesses.”
About the recent rescheduling of the ASPA Summit, Toledo said that if it’s true some Arab countries are going through a political turmoil, it is a region with very important and potential markets.
“They’re not the most democratic countries in the world, but they surely have great potential markets to do business with,” he said.
Toledo also said it was a “pertinent” decision of the García administration to recognize Palestine as a country. He also highlighted the right of both countries –Palestine and Israel– “to be recognized as nations.”