The Chilean salmon sector and banks aim to hire auditors that complement SERNAPESCA's sanitary auditing. (Photo: SalmonChile/FIS)
USD 2.5 mln levied on salmon sanitary control
Friday, January 15, 2010, 01:20 (GMT + 9)
The Association of Banks and the Salmon Industry Association AG (SalmonChile) will invest USD 2.5 million over the next three years to complement the sanitary auditing carried out by the National Fisheries Service (SERNAPESCA).
That budget will serve to hire private sanitary auditors, Diario Financiero reports.
Although the creditor banks have already ended all debt refinancing opportunities with salmon farming companies, the financial sector remains worried about the industry’s sanitary development.
In terms of the budget, the banks have said that the Production Development Corporation (CORFO) could contribute some resources through a line of financing directed at innovative projects in sanitary matters.
The banks and members of the salmon farming sector are working on developing a tender process to choose the auditors to complement SERNAPESCA's auditing process and the application of the 54 sanitary measures defined by SalmonChile.
Two of the petitioners that could adjudge the tender process are the auditing companies SGS and Poch.
The bank seeks salmon farming to be developed under good sanitary and commercial parameters.
To that end, the authorities of the creditor banks of the Chilean salmon farming companies chose about 10 technical inspectors to supervise the productive, sanitary and financial development of the sector over five months.
The role of Financial Technical Inspector (ITF) will be represented by executives with experience in the financial and fish farming sectors, some of which regulate the new sanitary system of the industry on site.
Meanwhile, SERNAPESCA indicated that there is only one salmon farming centre in the outbreak category of the infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) virus: the Quemada centre, which the company Friosur SA owns in the Region of Aysen.
In addition, there are five centres considered suspect, whereas the number of facilities at sanitary rest fell from 33 to 29.
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By Analia Murias