Due to the rise in prices of the basic family basket, the emollienteros evaluate increasing the price of the glass of this traditional drink at S/2.00. This was confirmed by Edgar Sáenz, president of the National Federation of Emolienteros and Allied of Peru (Fentep).
In an interview with RPP, the leader argued that the prices of all supplies, that are part of the preparation emollienthave risen “abusively” by up to 100% and, despite this, the workers They have maintained the price of S/1.50. “We are evaluating increasing it to S/2.00. We see that the minimum wage does not go up and there is so much unemployment,” he said.
In turn, it stated that the Government does not take into account that the emollienteros they are also part of the engine of the country’s economy. In Peru there are more than 60,000 workers, of which 75% are women.
Emollient: inputs that rose the most in price
In this regard, the representative indicated that, after the COVID-19 pandemic, among the products that rose the most in price, is oil, whose five-liter gallon went from S/24 to S/45. A similar situation occurred with the egg that from S/4.80 a kilo now costs S/11, while a bag of sugar which ranged between S/75 and S/80 wholesale now they buy it at S/180.
Emolienteros from Peru begin their work routine at 1 in the morning. Photo: Andean
“We emolienteros sell 300,000 bags of sugar, almost 1,800,000 liters of oil and 360 million jars of milk. We use all of this to prepare maca, quinoa, soybeans, seven seeds, bean punch, and oats,” he explained.
On the other hand, the president of Fentep highlighted the work of the emollientero that for many seems to be simple; however, the work routine is very sacrificed.
“We get up at one in the morning to start preparing the food that will go on sale. It is a business that also involves the family. Our children give us a hand, one prepares the flaxseed, another the soybeans, and another prepare the sandwiches or wash the utensils”, he highlighted.
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