As announced by the Ecuadorian Association of Fruits and Legumes (Aprofel) and the Chamber of Commerce of Quito on October 11, 2019, the broccoli producing sector of Cotopaxi has declared itself in an emergency. Producers say the losses are significant and will be hardly recoverable. “The broccoli sector isn't the only thing being affected; agriculture and agribusiness in the province of Cotopaxi are also paralyzed,” the unions said in a statement. "The most serious problem is that we have not been allowed to water or fertilize the sown fields."
In addition, the sector argues that the production and sale of the next three months are being risked, which would affect the stability of the companies in the sector and also cause non-compliance with orders from US, European, and Japanese buyers.
Exports are an important source of income for the country. In 2018, Ecuadorean broccoli exports amounted to 119 million dollars. The sector asked the Government to take urgent measures for the normalization of operations in these plants and crops.
The broccoli sector has benefited mainly Cotopaxi indigenous communities and more than 3,300 families have a job in this activity.