Peru’s fisheries sector.
- Lima, Jun. 29 (ANDINA). The Ministry of Production (Produce) published the Regulation of Fishery Oversight (ROP) of the anchovy (Engraulis ringens) and longnose anchovy (Anchoa nasus) resources for direct human consumption (CHD), in a bid to preserve their sustainability, regulate artisanal fishing and guarantee the food security of the country.
According to the head of Produce, Jose Gonzales, “the ROP puts forth norms for a rational, sustainable and sanitarily safe operation of anchovy for direct human consumption, fomenting fishery development as a source of food, jobs and income.”
The new norm puts forth a group of measures that impact the national level, oriented at promoting and increasing the consumption of pelagic fish in the population, fis.com reported.
The Government seeks to increase consumption from two to four kg annually towards late 2011 and help to reduce the levels of malnutrition.
The authorities insist that it is necessary that the fishing of the resource be realised by artisanal fishing vessels that possess permits and registries of tasks in effect.
"[We] are looking to reduce illegality and informality in order to improve the supply of the anchovy for direct human consumption,” emphasised Gonzales.
Shipowners that seek to participate in the fishery must possess the sanitary technical protocol granted by the National Service of Fisheries Health (SANIPES), and have signed agreements of anchovy provision for CHD with one or more processing establishments.
The term will extend for 90 days following the enactment of the ministerial resolution that approves the agreement model.
Similarly, fishing vessel shipowners who fulfil the regulations of the ROP will be able to obtain financial support through credits granted by the National Foundation of Fishing Development (FONDEPES).
After receiving recommendations from the Peruvian Marine Research Institute (IMARPE), the Government will put forth the measurements of the purse seiner net and other fishing gear, and the minimum mesh size for the net, the minimum sizes for capture, the percentage of tolerance and percentage of incidental fishing.
The new regulation specifies that the extraction, manipulation and unloading of anchovy on board must be carried out in sanitary hygienic conditions, assuring the state of freshness and innocuity of the pelagic resource.
According to the latest Statistics Bulletin authored by Produce, 47,400 tonnes of anchovy were landed in April, that is, 94.3 per cent less than in the same month of 2009, when 821,300 tonnes were unloaded.
Meanwhile, 387,300 tonnes of anchovy were landed between January and April, 59.6 per cent less than in the same fourth-month period of 2009.
- Lima, Jun. 29 (ANDINA). Peru’s textile and garment sector would take up most of the entrepreneurs’ attention at the second Expo Peru trade fair to be held in Argentina this year, according to the Argentine Ambassador in Lima, Dario Alessandro.
"I think this sector drew most of the attention of Argentine entrepreneurs in the first edition because of the quality of garments and yarn," he told Andina news agency.
In December last year, Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) held an Expo Peru in the city of Buenos Aires, in which Argentine entrepreneurs signed purchase orders for Peruvian products totaling $13 million.
The amount exceeded the expectations of entrepreneurs and government representatives who participated in the Expo Peru in Argentina as sales of Peruvian products were higher than the total of sales occurred in Santiago de Chile.
According to official data, 2009 trade balance between Peru and Argentina hovered around 1.5 billion dollars and it was tilted in favour of Argentina.
Furthermore, Peru imported 1.3 billion dollars worth of Argentine goods while Peruvian exports to Argentina -mostly metallurgical, chemical, agricultural, fisheries and textile products- reached US$ 150 million.
The Chancay-Huaral Valley is a coastal district of Peru with many small farms, 95 per cent with less than 10 hectares of land. The district has great economic potential due to fertile land, abundant water and proximity to the markets of Lima and northern Peru, but farmers have been unable to capitalize on this. A major hurdle has been their inability to adjust agricultural production to market fluctuations due to poor communications. Other problems incurred by poor communications include inefficient management of the river waters for irrigation and limited access to public services for citizens of the region.
A rural wireless broadband network was originally established to communicate the water flow schedule for local irrigation systems, to make agricultural information available to farmers and to give Internet access to schools; it is now widely used for VoIP.
The network connects 14 telecentres, 12 of which are interconnected by point-to-point standard 2.4 Ghz WiFi links of between 4 km and 10 km; a longer link, of 20 km, uses a wireless connection operating in the 900 MHz band. One telecentre acts as the main hub and provides connections to the fixed network and to the Internet.
The telecentres, located in the premises of the local farmers association, each have up to six computers using open source software.
The transmission infrastructure (antenna, radio and mast) at each node costs between 1,200 USD and 1,500 USD. The total cost of the project was 166,000 USD, which included the acquisition and installation of a small 2 KW water powered generator in one of the villages that did not have any electricity. The universal access fund provided 105,000 USD, the Ministry of Agriculture 50,000 USD and the local farmers association 11,200 USD.
The systems have been installed with active participation of the local farmers association (which look after irrigation). Technical assistance has been provided by an NGO (the Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales). This has given ICT training to many young people who have then been able to take ICT jobs.
Initially the only service offered on the network was Internet access; there was no licence to provide telephony. However, VoIP is used for communications between sites for control and management. Also, there is now a PBX with a prepaid platform that offers phone services and connects to the fixed network of the incumbent service provider. There were problems with achieving useful interconnection: the regulator allowed rural network operators to set their own tariffs and the incumbent service provider to set interconnection rates, with the difference between the two being the revenue of the rural network operators, but the incumbent service provider, claiming technical problems, did not program their payphones with the rates and required that calls to the rural networks use prepaid cards (which many people found too expensive to buy and difficult to use, because of having to input long series of digits).
Cebiche. Photo: ANDINA /Archivo/ Alberto Orbegoso.
- Lima, Jun. 28 (ANDINA). With a series of culinary festivals all over the country and the world, Peruvians will celebrate for the third time their National Cebiche Day on Monday, June 28.
In 2008, Peru’s Production Ministry declared June 28 as National Cebiche Day in a bid to further promote this Peruvian dish nationwide and abroad.
This year, National Cebiche Day celebrations aim to promote the consumption of this typical Peruvian dish -made with fish, lemon, onion or sweet potato- during unusual hours and seasons.
According to experts, the freshness of the fish and the seafood is what creates cebiche, a freshly caught fish and seafood mixed with purple onions, lemon juice, salt, and a touch of chili pepper.
Sweet potato and corn accompany this dish, considered a real luxury that the Peruvian coast offers.
- Lima, Jun. 26 (ANDINA). The Peruvian government officially declared the third Sunday in July as the “Pollo a la Brasa” national day, which was to be celebrated the fourth Sunday in June, in order avoid the coincidence with the National Day of Cebiche.
According to the ministerial resolution, published in El Peruano official gazette, the Pollo a la Brasa or rotisserie chicken is one of the favorite dishes among Peruvians and has become an important export product of the Andean country.
Minister de Córdova, who met yesterday with representatives of cevicherías (seafood restaurants) and poultry associations, said that the aim is to promote the consumption of both exquisite dishes.
"Who has not eaten a delicious ceviche or rotisserie chicken? These traditional Peruvian dishes are protein-rich sources," said the minister.
De Cordova pointed out that food "should never divide the consumers because there is market for everyone" and he reaffirmed his ministry’s full support for the Cebiche Day, commemorated on June 28.
Pollo a la Brasa is a delicious rotisserie chicken marinated and cooked with Peruvian spices, generally served with French fries, a side of salad and condiments such as mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and aji sauce.
More than 60 years ago, Swiss immigrant Roger Schuler came up with the idea of cooking chicken on a spit roast with charcoal and wood underneath at his farm in Chaclacayo, a town outside of Lima.
His friend and business partner, Franz Ulrich, invented a special oven that could spit roast eight chickens at once, which they called “Rotombo,” and in 1950 Schuler opened up “La Granja Azul,” the first Pollería and still serving today.
Peruvian exports to Ecuador are showing signs of recovery as they totaled US$ 271.4 million in the first four months of this year, a 64 percent increase compared to same period in 2009, the Peruvian Exporters Association (Adex) announced Sunday.
Adex pointed out that this growth was mainly driven by increasing exports of oil derivatives and a recovery in non-traditional products.
The oil and its derivatives subsector posted a 157 percent growth to US$ 101.6 million, which accounts for 38 percent of the total. Its main exports were liquefied propane gases and butane liquefied gases.
The country’s exports of non-traditional products also showed some improvement, totaling US$ 157.4 million which accounts for 58 percent of the total.
Peru is going through an exponential growth process and is respected worldwide because it successfully dealt with the effects of the global crisis, Peruvian President Alan Garcia said Sunday.
President Garcia noted that the world has more confidence in Peru, which means more investments, more factories and more buildings, resulting in employment generation.
"Why do world leaders such as President (Barack) Obama, President (Jose Luis) Rodriguez Zapatero, and the President of Greece respect Peru? Why does Colombian President (Alvaro) Uribe say that Peru is the best example of the global economy. Why?" he asked.
"We are respected because we learned to get on the wave, a great wave of global growth which ended when the crisis began,” said Garcia Perez at a ceremony of Peru’s Youth Labor Training Program "PROJoven."
In an effort to promote experiential tourism in the Amazonian region of Ucayali, the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur) launched Sunday the "Camu Camu tour”, which includes a visit to four communities in the district of Yarinacocha, Coronel Portillo province.
The head of Dircetur-Ucayali, Demetrio Rengifo, explained that the tourist circuit comprises San Francisco, San Juan, San Jose and Santa Teresita communities as well as the Camu Camu producer company Amazon and Yarinacocha pier.
The tour combines the customs and traditions of these communities, as well as the production process of Camu Camu, Amazonian fruit considered as the flagship product of this jungle region.
Camu Camu is very appreciated in the international market due to its high Vitamin C content and good taste, "which is why we want to promote its consumption among the visitors, as Ucayali has about 2,000 hectares of this fruit."
"Tourists can appreciate the traditions and customs of each of these native communities, on a three-day, two-night tour," he said.
Rengifo noted that the initiative was launched on the occasion of the San Juan Festival, held on June 24, which also seeks to promote the "Camu Camu sour”, made from this native fruit and Pisco (grape brandy).
He said the "Camu Camu tour" will be promoted on the Ucayali regional government’s website, tour operators and other entities.
As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen security in the southern Peruvian region of Arequipa, local authorities have launched the Tourist Protection Network, which seeks to offer greater security to visitors.
Regional trade and tourism director Rocio Cervantes said the network includes a security plan aimed at reducing crime rates, especially offences against tourists.
This network will be made up of establishments such as hotels, restaurants and taxi companies which meet the safety and protection requirements for national and foreign tourists.
Cervantes explained that the plan will help combat new theft tactics, such as those criminals who book a hotel room near the tourists’ room in order to steal their items while they are distracted.
According to the tourism official, there are also some criminals who seem friendly and kind to gain the tourists’ confidence and then rob them of all valuables and cash.
The Regional Government, the Ombudsman’s Office, the Provincial Municipality, the local Tourism Police, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Civil Defense Institute also support the ongoing security related efforts.
Peru’s economic and banking performance is better than the United States’, not because of its size but because of its high figures and economic measures, President Alan Garcia Perez said.
It may sound as a paradox, an absurdity, something "contradictory" and "impossible", "but it is not the size that provides security and confidence, but the figures recorded by each country."
"Despite the global crisis, our banking system reported low delinquency rates of 0.5 percent, that means our banking system is solid because it has not fallen into those contradictions that the United States is recently correcting.
After laying the first stone of the housing complex "Las Torres de Santa Clara II" in Huachipa, Garcia noted that Peru must maintain the virtuous circle of growth for the next five to ten years in order to enhance its development in the region.