July 19, 2011


Ecuador's shrimp farms regularisation process continues



The National Chamber of Aquaculture (CNA) reported that although the regularisation process of shrimp farms started in October 2008, only approximately 40% of the planned 25,000 hectares have been formalised currently.


Executive Order 1391 issued three years ago by the Ecuadorian government requires all shrimp producers to regularise their plants.


According to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Staynley Vera, 10,000 hectares are being defined as to their location.

The law states that depending whether they are on high or low ground, it will be decided if they need a license or a permit.


Even though the CNA president, José Antonio Camposano, assures that 40% of all hectares have been granted a license, the central government cited other figures.


Vera said that so far this year, 66 processes have been regularised.


To Camposano, the delay in the regularisation process is due to the procedures set by the decree.


"There are certain mechanisms that prevent small producers from meeting the requirements. For example, an updated Registry of Taxpayers (RUC) is required but the offices of the Internal Revenue Service (SRI) are not just around the corner so there are difficulties," explained the unionist.


Farmers face another problem: the presentation of lists of workers with their certificates of Social Security.


"Small farmers have never handled these administrative systems and human resources," said Camposano.


CNA proposes to proceed with the regularisation by submitting affidavits which prove that the producer has got up-to-date on the IRS and the Social Security to undergo further revisions.


Shrimp farming areas are divided into Guayas, with 60% of the total; El Oro with 30%; and Manabí and Esmeraldas, with 20%, the media reported.


Carlos Moncayo Cáceres, national director of the National Directorate of Aquatic Areas (Dirnea) confirmed that from January 2011 through July 8, 518 inspections were conducted. The total number of inspections totalled 1,048, representing an advance of 87%, he pointed out.

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