Chile: 83% of fruit growers affected by elimination of winter time


After Fedefruta announced that fruit production has lost productivity due to the elimination of winter hours, guild president Juan Carolus Brown and director Cristián Allendes visited the Minister of Energy, Máximo Pacheco, to deliver a study carried out by the Federation that reflects, with empirical data, the impact of this policy on the activity.

The Fedefruta survey, conducted to fruit companies between the regions of Atacama and Los Lagos / Los Ríos, showed that the 83% of the fruit producers have been affected, in one way or another, by the measure that has taken an hour of light in the mornings, detailed the entity in a statement.

The report delivered to the Government details that the 65% of those affected at the national level has seen the working hours of their workers diminished, while the 41% accuses staff discomfort for the adjustments in the days, to make them fit with the light of the day. In addition, a third indicated an increase in delays in the arrival of workers, in the absence of sun and greater cold in the morning. Even, an 15% has registered an increase in work accidents or commuting in the dark.

"We share this background that we collected among more than 300 producers, so that the Minister of Energy Máximo Pacheco considers them at the moment of evaluating this measure that does not have in good foot those who work in the field"Said Juan Carolus Brown, after presenting the study to the holder of the portfolio.

As for the expenses associated with the elimination of the winter schedule, one 39% indicated a rise in energy costs, and an 23% in labor costs. In addition, and despite efforts to adapt the days, the 48% has definitely lost productivity in the field and packings. Thus, citrus producers indicated that workers' performance has fallen, causing delays in harvesting, while grape, plum and walnut producers indicated that they have not been able to work pruning normally.

The president of Fedefruta said that the greatest impact of the elimination of the winter schedule is observed between Valparaíso and Biobío, where between the 81,6% (Region of O'Higgins) and 98,1% (Metropolitan) says to have complications. In Atacama meanwhile, the 60% of producers say they are harmed, while in Coquimbo an 72,4%, according to the Fedefruta survey. Similar figure is observed in the Araucanía (71,4%), in turn that in Los Lagos and Los Ríos, an 61,5% is collected.

Tip Schedule

The meeting with Minister Pacheco was also the opportunity of Fedefruta to insist on the damage of the peak tariff during April in the sector, with energy costs that rise considerably between 18 and 23 hours from that month, preventing modular the productive cycles, the process of fruit in facilities such as packaging (where electricity is used intensively) and raising the cost of technified irrigation, which has been inevitable throughout the year, one of the driest of which have a record

"The meeting was positive given that Minister Máximo Pacheco was able to understand the difficulties of the area due to the elimination of the winter schedule and the tariff in rush hour."Brown said.


Source: Fruit Portal

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