It will cost nine months or a year and a half for the shrimp sector, prevalent in Pedernales, if resources are allocated, to recover. And the president of the National Chamber of Aquaculture, Jose Antonio Camposano, underlines the financial support.
600 shrimp companies, two processing plants and 15,000 hectares located in the area of greatest impact of the earthquake, have been affected according to Camposano.
This will dwindle over five million pounds per month of shrimp exports, which is the second national product and that underpins foreign sales and exchange inflows from abroad with 2,279 million in 2015. The main destinations of Ecuadorian shrimp are Vietnam (33%), United States (25.5%), Spain (8.3%), China (8.2%), France (8.0%) and other countries (17%).
The earthquake cracked the walls of the pools, confirmed Camposano, the same local shrimp entrepeneur Christian Fontaine Tuesday told to daily Expreso. Fointaine is president of the Shrimp Producers Cooperative of Pedernales, one of the most affected areas of Manabi. At the risk of losing the crops, some shrimp farmers are harvesting the shellfish as an emergency measure.