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Paraguay: Enough bananas to cover domestic consumption and export

Banana production in Tembiaporã (Caaguazú) is abundant and will be enough to cover domestic consumption, supply the school snack program, and continue exporting, said Sebastian Fariña, a producer from the area. He highlighted the work promoted by the inter-sectoral panel on banana competitiveness so that the banana be part of the school snack programs (the law was enacted, but it still hasn't been ratified).

On December 20, the Senate passed a bill that obliges the State to include bananas of national origin in lunch and school meals.

"A good production and a good sale will improve the producers' income, work, and will also help increase production and expand the export market. Even if we supply the school lunch, cover domestic consumption, and export, there will still be surplus," Fariña stated.

He also said that thousands of boxes of production were lost in the area due to a lack of placement and because production was too abundant.

He also said that the area of Tembiaporã alone exported to Argentina an average of 10 large trucks, with 1,050 boxes each, per week. In addition, production is also good in the areas of Guayaybí and Cordillera, which also export to the neighboring country, he said.

There is even the possibility of sending the product to Chile and Uruguay.

He also said that, even though there were good controls to curb banana contraband entering the country, there was still some illegal product entering the country. However, he said, what producers fear the most is that the black sigatoka plague enters the country from Brazil, as it would produce enormous damages to the national production.


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