More than 20 million pesos in losses

Mexico: Plantains can't reach Puerto Chiapas because of blockades

Plantain producers have had losses of more than 20 million pesos due to a four-day blockade that has stopped dozens of containers loaded with fruit from entering Puerto Chiapas.

If the blockade continues, there could be fuel shortages, as the blockade is also preventing fuel pipes from entering or leaving Petroleos Mexicanos' Storage and Distribution Terminal.

The inhabitants of Puerto Madero are demanding the holding of elections for the appointment of a delegate and municipal agent, which were already designated by the City Council; an act that the people considered was an imposition.

The president of the Association of Plantain Producers of Soconusco, Eduardo Altuzar Lopez, said that a vessel that left Puerto Chiapas on Thursday was only 80 percent full because of the road blockade.

In view of the economic losses they are facing, producers have already filed two complaints with the Attorney General's Office and its counterpart in the State, so that they intervene and proceed against those carrying out the blockade according to the law.

On Friday, the entire banana producing area of the municipalities of Tapachula, Suchiate, and Mazatan paralyzed their activities, which affected more than eight thousand workers. Should this persist, the damage will be much greater, Altuzar Lopez stated.

"All the fruit that leaves via Puerto Chiapas is for export and if the blockages persist, the national market would be saturated," he added.


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