In Guatemala, the country has been playing host to hundreds of foreign delegates arriving for the Fifth Biennial Trade Fair.
In Guatemala, the country has been playing host to hundreds of foreign delegates arriving for the Fifth Biennial Trade Fair. Called "Interfer 79", the exhibition is designed to promote development and mechanisation the country's small farms and land holdings.
This is Guatemala's fifth and biggest Trade Fair. Unlike other fairs it is aimed not at gaining exports but at promoting modernisation and development inside Guatemala.
The exhibits, from around the world, are designed to show Guatemalans the possibilities and advantages of mechanical aid, even on small farms.
Exhibition chairman,Rodriguez Batres, said the exhibition sought to create "social and economic uplift" among Guatemala's mainly Indian farmers by showing them examples of small-scale mechanisation from other largely agricultural countries.
To help farmers afford the goods on show, Interfer's director,Moises Russ, announced that Guatemalan banks and finance companies had made a total of 20 million dollars available in loans.