A delegation of onion producers from the canton Zapotillo (Loja) met on Monday, June 25 in Quito with authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to alert them of the damages they face due to the smuggling of this agricultural product from Peru.
According to Iván Maldonado, coordinator of the peasant sector of Loja, since 2014 they have had losses of around $ 3 million per year. The leader attributed this problem to the difficulties due to the application of the Certificate of Origin and Mobilization of Agricultural Production (Compa) applied by the Ministry of Agriculture in the Zapotillo canton.
Luis Tábara, president of the Agricultural Center of Zapotillo, criticized that despite having made a series of proposals to the Agriculture portfolio there is a delay in the development of a new certificate, which has prevented them from marketing their inputs normally. (I)