The Fruit Exporters Association of Chile will contribute to relief measures after extensive wildfires in the country.

The Chilean government has estimated the number of acres affected at more than 1.4 million, according to a news release.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of human lives, houses, infrastructure, labor and animal resources in the affected areas," Ronald Bown, chairman of the board of the association, said in the release. "We are committed to working with the authorities in their efforts to solve the problems that affect us as a country. This includes contributing to reconstruction in the areas impacted by the fires, especially in terms of housing and schools."

The association, also known as ASOEX, plans to work with the foundation Desafio Levantemos Chile, which is accepting donations to rebuild schools and houses in areas in which agricultural workers live. ASOEX declined to say how much it would donate.

Though ASOEX continues to evaluate the situations of producers and exporters, to this point the only known damage is to a fruit packinghouse in Chepica. The packinghouse was destroyed, a loss of $8 million-$9 million, eliminating the jobs of more than 100 people, according to the release.

Export infrastructure, including ports and inspection sites, hasn't been affected to this point, according to the release.

 
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