The National Association of Producers and Exporters of Flowers (Expoflores) of Ecuador on Wednesday declared its sector in an emergency situation in the face of protests by indigenous people that have affected crop farms.
Alejandro Martínez, executive president of Expoflores, explained that the losses due to the stoppage of activities reach about 30 million dollars, but he calculated that these could reach 250 million if the protests continue.
Martinez said his Association declared a "state of emergency" on Thursday, because "the situation reached unsustainable levels" due to "farm attacks and violent attacks on workers" attending their places of employment.
"With this level of losses and the impossibility of undertaking normal working hours, as well as the mobilization of inputs and flowers, the sector is in emergency," said the businessman.
He said that "if activities are not resumed, around 20,000 tons of flowers will be lost," which represents "more than 250 million dollars."
Currently "the sector records a loss of almost 30 million dollars that strongly affects more than 300,000 families working in floriculture," Martinez added when denouncing that social groups, which he did not identify, have sent threatening messages.
"We have received official letters from leaders and zonal groups that expressly threaten companies and their workers" if they do not suspend activities, he added.
According to Martínez, the current situation of paralyzes and widespread protests in the country affects more than 5,000 hectares of plantations in the country.
On his side, the Minister of Production and Foreign Trade, Iván Ontaneda, announced that on Thursday he accompanied a flight of the Armed Forces that carried a shipment of 12 tons of essential products from the port city of Guayaquil to the Andean Basin .
That burden corresponded to medicines, meat products, fruits to supply the Cuenca market, which faces problems due to road closures.
He also explained that dairy products, canned products and beverages were transported from Guayaquil in the same way.
These actions are part of the government strategy to address the shortage of essential products generated in Ecuadorian cities by recent events, the Ministry said in a statement.
He also reported that these types of product transfers have been made between several cities in the country.
Ecuador today celebrated its eighth day of protests with a negative balance in the dead, wounded, detained and productive activities at medium gas, in a rare environment that still has no solution and that emerged after the application of a linked economic adjustment plan to a credit agreement with the IMF.
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