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Cuba: Drastic drop in citrus and banana production
The citrus harvest experienced a 34% drop and fruits in general fell by 14%. Bananas were one of the crops falling the most sharply, with a 44% drop.Despite the efforts made to increase the agricultural production and reduce food imports, the most recent statistics foreshadow trouble for the country's.....
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Guatemala: 3,713 visitors at this year's Agritrade
Agexport have released statistics relating to their recently held Agritrade event. The event, the 16th edition, was held in Antigua, Guatemala on 14th and 15th March this year. A total of 3,713 visitors attended the event, coming from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru,.....
Maersk CEO visits Panama Expansion project
Maersk Line CEO Søren Skou visited the Panama Expansion construction site accompanied by Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano during his recent trip to Panama. Skou and other Maersk Line executives had the opportunity to see the construction site of the new locks in the Atlantic side, which will allow.....
International Pineapple Organization
Global Pineapple Conference a platform for all industry members
The International Pineapple Organization is pleased to announce it is holding its Global Pineapple Conference on November 1st this year, at the Marriott Hotel, San Jose, Costa Rica.Explaining the background to both the IPO and the conference, Executive Director, Will Cavan says, "IPO is the brainchild of Max.....
Dominican Republic banana exports to Europe more than double
After having increased banana exports to Europe, from 5 to 14 containersin this year's first quarter, an unseen growth in recent years in the country, the exportation of bananas to Europe has become the centrepiece of the La Cruz of Manzanillo project.Following a visit of the banana project with several.....
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Costa Rica: Banana prices increased 100% in some supermarkets
Overnight, several supermarkets changed the way they charge for bananas. Now it is done by weight and not by unit.For example, in the Megasuper in San Francisco Rios, where bananas are being charged by weight, 4 bananas cost approximately 410 colones, i.e., a little more than 100 colones per unit.A similar.....
Del Monte GM pineapple at testing stage
Genetically modified pineapple grown in Costa Rica by Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. Inc. gained the approval of the US Department of Agriculture earlier this year.However, according to a statement from Del Monte officials April 26, the new pineapple variety — dubbed Rosé — is “in a testing phase.”“The USDA’s.....
Costa Rica: Free Trade Agreement with Canada pending
Apart from some tricky negotiation issues, such as the inclusion of onions and potatoes, the modernization of the free trade agreement between Canada and Costa Rica is on the go. The FTA is effective since November 7, 2002, but due to recent changes in commercial agreements, both countries started.....
Honduras: Lower prices in export bananas
In February, Honduras exported a total of 735.8 million USD, 5.1% less than during the same period in 2012. The decline is due to the low prices being registered for the banana, according to the Banco Central de Honduras (BCH), the Central Bank of Honduras.The export volume was equal to that of the first.....
Shipments of the fruit last year amounted to US $66.125
Costa Rica and Honduras pineapple exports exceed those from Nicaragua
Nicaragua is far behind Costa Rica's and Honduras' pineapple export levels, partly because their main offer is the monte lirio variety and not the golden kind, which has a bigger demand.The 562,672 kg of pineapple that Nicaragua sold abroad last year left revenues of US $66,125, according to the Centre for.....
Panama: Panaplatanos will send bananas to US market
The cultivation and packaging of the product which has several cities of the United States as a final destination began in April. The plan is to ship, throughout the next few months, three containers of this fruit per week until reaching a total of 25.After the closing of operations of Fincas Bananeras in.....
Panama: Drought hits potatoes and onions
The president of the Association of Producers of Chiriquí Highlands, Virgilio Saldaña, has said the lack of rain has caused a widespread drought in the country. "This has been a long and atypical summer, five months, from December 2012 to April 2013.""There may be supply problems because the products that.....
Dominican Republic: Tornado affects 30% of banana production
30 percent of La Vega’s (Dominican Republic) banana plantations were affected because of the tornado that struck this province early Saturday morning.During a tour conducted by the director of the Dominican Agrarian Institute (IAD), Radhames Valenzuela, and the Administrator of the Agricultural Bank, Angel.....
Honduras: Melon producers hope to export $52 million
Melon producers in the departments of Choluteca and Valle (Honduras) hope to continue the sector’s good moment and increase exports by about 3 million dollars in the current agricultural year.Projections for the present crop are to export between 50 and 52 million dollars, higher than the 49.4 million.....