In 2018, banana exports from Magdalena and La Guajira increased by13% over 2017, going from 601,206 to 681,187 tons, according to information from the Dane and the Dian. This increase translates into 4 million additional boxes.
Thus, both territorial entities increased their percentages in the national banana industry's total export volume, which strengthens their competitive position and ratifies them as an engine of the productive economy. The product is marketed in the United States (15%) and Europe (85%).
The president of the Association of banana workers of Magdalena and La Guajira (Asbama), Jose Francisco Zuñiga Cotes, highlighted the increase in movement of containerized cargo at the Port of Santa Marta, which went from 28,458 containers in 2017 to 32,572 in 2018. "This was due to the increase in exports and to the transition from loose cargo to cargo containers," he said.
The trade union leader said that in 2018 the fruit began to be harvested in Cesar, a situation that leads them to have good prospects for bananas in 2019.
Despite the dry season taking place in the country, he said, the sector expects by implementing an adequate and timely nutrition and water balance plan that responds to the requirements of the crop, among other aspects, "the region's exports will grow by around 8 percent over 2018 (approximately three million more boxes)."
"The Association continues working on the execution of agreements that promote the improvement of the technologies available to the sector, to promote crop productivity and adaptation to variability and climate change," he added.