Posted On 22 Apr 2016
Although the fishing industry is of significant value for Manabi, most people is involved in farming and both activities have had no problems arising from the recent earthquake.
Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing, constitute almost 38% of the economically active population (EAP).
But the manufacturing industry is the largest contributor of its gross national product: 31.3%, according to the last census, as indicated by the Ministry of Coordination, Employment and Productivity.
The current problem is that food products have nowhere to arrive, nor people to buy them. “Tuna canning industries have had very slight damage,” say owners. The trouble is that, for now, the demand is compressed in the province, nearly zero.
The infraestructure of the manufacturing industry is very slightly affected, structures have been moved but did not collapse. Office areas have been affected, but not the processing plants, said a businessman who processes frozen tuna fillets to export them to Europe and Asia.