The Ayangue commune, in the province of Santa Elena, will be the site where a genetic center for shrimp larvae will be built, with an investment of $ 25 million.
The companies Skretting, Hendrix Genetics and Ecuacultivos will participate in the execution of these works; The work will also generate at least 250 jobs for Ecuador, as indicated by the Minister of Production Iván Ontaneda.
“The country progresses thanks to its productive chains and the development of shrimp larvae is a key link within one of our economic pillars,” said the Secretary of State.
Carlos Miranda, general manager of Skretting, indicated that the new project has the support of the shrimp producing company Ecuacultivos, the nutrition company Skretting and the Hendrix Genetics company; “We are working together to make the shrimp cluster more competitive,” he said.
For his part, José Antonio Camposano, head of the National Chamber of Aquaculture, indicated that investments like these are key to continue promoting the competitiveness of the production chain and for the country to continue in the more than 60 markets to which it exports.
The governor of Santa Elena, Datzania Villao, stressed that the Productive Development Law encourages foreign investment and thus reactivates the country’s economy.
The national shrimp industry has become in recent years an important sector for the country’s economy, since its production and export constitute more than 20% of Ecuador’s non-oil exports.
In 2020, despite the covid-19 pandemic, this productive sector generated the country $ 3,611,870,630 in foreign exchange. (I)