The 30% decrease in plantain production due to the rains and low temperatures in the department of Quindio has led to a rise in prices.
According to Asohofrucol, there are about 23,000 hectares registered in Quindío, 9,000 of which are monocultures and the remaining associated, as almost all coffee growers in the department also grow plantains.
According to Gallego, the coordinator of the Horticultural Association of Colombia (Asohofrucol) in Quindio, "producers are being paid 1,000 to 1,200 pesos per kilo. When prices begin to rise, the final consumer starts buying less. This situation is counterproductive and affects agribusiness because it's not worth having an expensive raw material."
In addition, the tertiary roads are collapsed, which negatively impacts the transport of agricultural products.
Gallego said that the other crops produced in the department weren't much affected by the rains because the trees are more resistant. However, he said, the rains are starting to affect the blooms and the quality of the fruits.