Paraguay: Guayabi's pineapple could be sold for less if producers can't export to Argentina

Producers of pineapples in Guayaibi are desperate because they still haven't been given the document that enables them to export their production to Argentina, as they have been doing for years.

The producers have asked the national authorities to release the documents, because if they don't get it they'll have to sell all of their to the Wholesale Market, which would reduce its price. There are more than 200 loads ready to be sent to the neighboring country and, if they are not transported this week, they could be lost.

According to producers, Guayaibi is the district with the highest production of pineapple and banana, and it has been exporting much of its production to Argentina for the last decade. The production for the domestic market and for export undergo different treatments. In addition, the export product must be harvested and immediately exported, otherwise it will be damaged and no longer be suitable for the international market.

The producers are concerned because they haven't been given an Afidi, a document that enables them to enter their production into the Argentine market.

Dionicio Barrios, municipal councillor and producer of Guayaibi, said they have been negotiating with the authorities for weeks to get the Afidi, but that they still hadn't received anything.

"Argentine businessmen receive our production until December 18 and we are only days away from that date; We ask the authorities, such as Senave, the Ministry of Agriculture and the president of the Republic, Mario Abdo Benítez, to intercede so that we can make our exports," he said.

Miguel Velazquez, a producer of Guayaibi from the Segunda Linea Chachi company, said his 5-hectare production would be ready for export in a week, but that he was worried because he hadn't received an authorization to export so far.

"I'll have about 10 loads to export to Argentina; we are worried about the lack of documents. The option is to allocate it to the Wholesale Market, but we would get very low prices. There are large producers who work exclusively to export and if we get no authorizations, all the production will end up in the national market, which would generate very big losses for us," the producer said.


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