Ecuador: Traders demand supervision onion sales

Onion traders in Huaquillas, Ecuador have pressed the ministry of agriculture to implement more supervision on the sales of Peruvian Zapotillo onions. They claim a group of sellers are marketing the Peruvian onions as local produce in order to avoid import tax. The mayor of Huaquillas, Manuel Aguirre Piedra, has issued a request with minister of trade Veronica Sion and vice-minister of agriculture Luis Valverde.

Last week, on the colegio Nueve de Octubre de Machala Fair, traders Marina and Ines Hidalgo Lima handed a statement to Valverde. “What we want is farms to be checked for illicit produce and to stop the illegal import of Zapotillo onions,” Marina Lima said. “We cannot compete with traders who avoid import tax.”

Valverde accepted the statement and promised he would do what he could to stop the sales of illegally imported produce.

Source: Radiosucre

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