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Processing plant Champerico (Photo: Nueva Pescanova/YouTube)

Pescanova shrimp plant resumes activity after closure due to extortion

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Thursday, August 22, 2019, 23:30 (GMT + 9)

The shrimp company Novaguatemala, which is part of the transnational Grupo Nueva Pescanova, has restarted its operations after being closed almost a week ago because its owners were being extorted.

The company, based in Champerico, generates approximately 1,300 jobs in the country.

Photo: Nueva Pescanova

According to Prensa Libre, the governor assured that police and soldiers carry out constant patrols, 24 hours a day, to guarantee security.

He added that the investigation has given positive results, since there have been searches in different sectors of the place and some arrests have been reported.

Aerial view of the vannamei farms (Photo: YouTube)

Gabriel Biguria, member of the board of directors of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), recalled the importance of the company for the industry in the country, since it has more than 20 years of operating in Guatemala and generates progress to Champerico area.

He added that the company exports shrimp to Asia, Europe and North America. In addition, it supports a local school and contributes to the development of the municipality. 

YouTube video: NOVAGUATEMALA

The newspaper Prensa Libre collects testimonies of workers who say that some of their companions were attacked, and even mention cases of deaths.

"Since they killed the comrades, several of the workers resigned for fear of armed attacks, because there is preliminary information that criminals will attack every 15 days against three workers until the owners of the shrimp plant pay," a worker who asked to remain anonymous told the newspaper.

Located in the Champerico region (Guatemala), it is specialized in shrimp processing and has an annual production capacity of 5,000 metric tons. Moreover, other high added value products are processed at it, such as rings, EBI sushi and marinated and pre-fried products.

Biguria regretted the situation and explained that they accompanied the owners of the company to support them in solving the problem.

According to local press reports, the company reached an agreement with the National Civil Police (PNC) to provide security outside the company's facilities.

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