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Ecuador: Meeting between Minister of Agriculture and Banana Growers of El Oro

25.1.2019

The restitution of the Banana Unit for the province of El Oro was the main request of banana producers for Xavier Lazo, Minister of Agriculture who on January 18th was in Machala holding meetings with representatives of the agricultural sector.

The minister announced the forthcoming creation of the Under Secretariat of Musaceae emphasizing that the Ministry seeks to increase the productivity of the banana sector.

He also said that a specialized credit line will be inaugurated to renovate plantations and improve sanitary infrastructure to ensure that farmers have sufficient cash flow to do these works.

Jorge Valles, President of the College of Agricultural Engineers of El Oro said that in the province there are more than 4,000 banana producers and they need to have a local Banana Unit which until July of last year had a coordinator but now there is no official that authorizes the procedures of the banana growers and they must travel to Guayaquil to receive authorizations.

The leader also asked the Minister of Agriculture to hire specialists and technicians to prepare the plantations against possible pests. The third request was for the creation of a national brand related to banana production in order to promote sales.

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