Domincan Republic exports 300,000 tons bananas to EU

In 2012, the Dominican Republic exported about 300,000 tons of banana to the European Union nations, making it their main supplier, according to Ekaterina Krivonos from the Trading and Markets Division of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).

Last week, during the "Towards the Development of a Sustainable Strategy for the Dominican Republic's Banana Market" workshop, she said that the Dominican Republic's share in the export market for this item is quite important for a small country.

In her lecture titled "The Current Situation in the Global Banana Market", Krivonos stated that, compared to 2010, global exports of the crop increased by 7.7% in 2011.

During the meeting that is part of the United Nations Program, "Strengthening the Banana Value Chain through the Growth of Inclusive Markets" and which brought together producers and exporters, Krivonos pointed out that 80% of world exports come from Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2000, the Dominican Republic only exported 50 thousand tons of bananas to the EU, she said.

According to Gero Vaagt, FAO's representative in the country, the Dominican Republic's banana sector is not very strong; it has a low productivity and weak producers' associations, which is why he suggested better coordination and cooperation between banana producers.


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