Posted On 26 Jun 2017
The former Minister of Industry Eduardo Egas recognizes it. It is better that Ecuador focuses on developing agro-industry, “we have a fertile land and a good climate, everything that is sown grows here.” But, for this end, we must potentiate production and take the next step: to give added value to the product. Egas said this weeks ago in a talk in the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil.
The aim is as old as agriculture itself and actions is the missing element. Rafael Guerrero, former president of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Second Zone, said that it is necessary to provide infrastructure and technology to the field; It is also urgent to lower production costs and for this, the land tax and the advanced income tax must be eliminated.
In addition, according to Guerrero, it is necessary to improve the quality of the seeds, control processes and prices of inputs.
The ideas of Egas and Guerrero are not different from what was in applied Spain, a country that went from importer to exporter of fruits and vegetables. According to Antonio Villafuerte, a Spanish expert, the Spanish plan required a lot of money from the European Union and the Spanish Government.
Villafuerte explained that Spain had great financial support to improve agricultural techniques, the development of boards to integrate small producers so that they have the capacity to invest and to export. It was also necessary to combine marketing with production. (I)