The president of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (Asoex), Iván Marambio, said the sector is evaluating the situation of the orchards, pack houses and fruit workers in the areas affected by the fires, and is coordinating with the authorities to support the actions required. However, the wildfires have had no serious effect on the fruit exporting farming sector as far as they have established.
Regarding the situation of the export fruit industry, Marambio pointed out: "So far we have not received information of serious effects on our sector, since, due to their nature and compliance with certain protocols, both plantations and packings are located far from forest areas. However, we are constantly on alert and evaluating the situation".
The ASOEX president sent his condolences to the families and friends of those who have died (at least 23 people) due to the wildfires, as well as his best wishes for the recovery of those who have been injured in these days.
"It is a really complex situation that we are living through in the country, since nature, land and its people are experiencing the onslaught of various fire outbreaks that are enhanced by the effects of climate change, such as drought. We are in solidarity with the families who have lost everything, and especially with those who have lost someone or have been injured. As ASOEX, we have already expressed to the authorities our desire to support them," said Marambio.
The leader of fruit exporters added: "Given the situation, we are coordinating with the Ministry of Agriculture with the aim of collaborating in all aspects defined by the authorities. We believe that this is a time to unite and work together for the good of all Chilean people."
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