The Colombian government needs to develop responsible mining without infringing on the agricultural sector, agriculture minister Juan Camilo Restrepo told BNamericas. “We are going to begin to analyze the draft of the new mining code to verify that the state’s [mining] reserve areas do not clash with agricultural areas,” Restrepo said. The agriculture ministry has already made proposals for stricter standards in environmental remediation to be implemented in the areas where mining is carried out, according to Restrepo. “So that mining cannot arrive, carry out operations and leave the pit without any kind of remediation,” he said. [This will affect London-listed mining companies active in Colombia, including Anglo American, AngloGold Ashanti, BHP Billiton, Glencore, Greystar, Rio Tinto and Xstrata.]