Producersask for campaigns of internal consumption, ease of exporting, changing theconception of the product and improving the labeling. Undertake strategies toincrease the milk intake nationwide and boost the export of surplus milkproduction were two of the four orders that this Wednesday, November 7 ranchersof the country made President Lenin Moreno, who fulfilled the agenda in Ambato.
The meeting took place at the Agricultural Marketing Center (Cemeag), located in the south of the city. Luz María Cruz, representative of the collection centers, thanked the application of a very beneficial state plan. “The increase of two to four days of milk intake in the School Feeding Program (PAE) benefits us enormously.
However, we need to increase domestic consumption, and for this a campaign should be undertaken to raise awareness of the benefits of food, “said Cruz. Along with her were cattlemen from Tungurahua and the region, who supported this request and the request for state support to export the surplus product.
“A couple of decades ago Ecuador imported milk. Today we have seen that local production supplies the national demand, we even know that there are around 1,500 tons of food in warehouses, so we need policies that facilitate their sale to neighboring nations, “added Cruz.
For his part Francisco Chiriboga, president of the Livestock Association Holstein, presented to the authorities the need to change the conception of milk. “We cannot categorize it as a drink, it is a complete food, the most complete of all, and so it should be considered. Therefore, standards that sustain quality production that generate sources of work are required, and thus avoid migration from the countryside to the city, “Chiriboga said.
In addition, he added, the consumer campaign should focus on reducing child malnutrition and improving overall nutrition. “You cannot categorize foods intrinsic to natural products, such as lactose, as bad. We are not against the labeling of packaged foods (semaphore), but it is not fair that a well-known soft drink has a green light and that dairy products are presented with several red lights, “Chiriboga added.
President Moreno ratified the commitment to maintain the use of national milk in the PAE, for which he promotes policies that improve dairy production in the 24 provinces. “A soda cannot be classified as a better food at the packaged traffic light. Our support to the farmers because they are in charge of feeding us. Be assured that your orders will be analyzed in depth, “said Moreno.
Ambato Regional Hospital Prior to the meeting with the farmers, the Chief Executive toured the Ambato General Teaching Hospital, one of the most awaited works in the Tungurahua capital. There Moreno confirmed the advanced status of the project, which after 1,562 days of work will be delivered on the 19th of this month, later the equipment will be made and it is expected to begin operating 100% in January of next year.
The Head of State confirms the equipping of one of the rooms of the Teaching Hospital, which will have 400 beds for the care of the 330,000 inhabitants of the city. His investment was $ 61 million.
Mandatory will present its environmental policies The Government will reiterate its commitment to industrial development, sustainable. This is what President Lenin Moreno will do this Thursday, November 8, in Quito, during the meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, which ends on Friday, November 9.
In addition, he will take the opportunity to present the country as a tourist destination and international conference center. The event will seek alternatives to protect the ozone layer and prevent global warming.
The meeting will have the participation of 600 people who make up the official delegations of the 197 countries subscribing to the protocol, as well as observers of non-governmental organizations, experts in environmental matters, companies, among others.
Theevent regains importance because it is the first occasion that the meeting isheld in South America. The conclusions that will come out of the appointmentwill be of world-wide knowledge. It should be noted that it is the firstenvironmental agreement that has achieved universal ratification since itsapproval in 1987. (I)