While on the border with Peru, of higher rice production, producers have dammed around 50,000 quintals, Guayas producers point out that the smuggled grain is coming to Lomas de Sargentillo, Daule, Nobol, and Samborondon.
“The heart of the country’s rice production is being affected by the Peruvian product, which comes at much lower prices,” says the vice president of the America Lomas Board, of Daule, Julio Carchi, who requested Agriculture Minister Javier Ponce an urgent meeting with the sector to find a quick solution to the problem.
This is shared by Emerson Juanazo, leader of Higueron, in Santa Lucia. He ensures that the more serious problem is that Peru imports grain from the United States, a country with which it signed a Free Trade Agreement, to buy at lower prices and whose “product corners Ecuador.”
Daily Expreso published yesterday that smuggling is mainly affecting the La Cuca area, in Arenillas, where fields are being abandoned because traders prefer to buy Peruvian rice at $ 32 and $ 33, when the national average cost is $ 40.