The National Federation of Plantain Producers in Ecuador has proposed a plan to improve the country's plantain production, as its quality has decreased so much that they have even lost Miami as an export market. According to Luis Gongora, the president of the Federation, the current crop is cultivated with too many chemical products and has poisoned the earth.
This issue was discussed at a meeting held by the leaders of the Federation with the mayor of the canton El Carmen, Rodrigo Mena, and other authorities of this province and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, where the economy develops around plantain production.
They analyzed technical, sanitary, and commercial issues. "We are planning to renew the plantations with the same plants that are produced in laboratories, clean of diseases, and do it in different high-density crops," Gongora said.
Councilman Henry Marcillo, who was also at the meeting, proposed the creation of the Agricultural Technical Department in the Municipality so that the area has agricultural professionals who can visit the farms, haciendas, and communities to help modernize them.
This week, the price of a box of plantains is expected to increase to 7.50 and 8 dollars due to a shortage in supply. According to Luis Gongora, there are two periods, a low one and a high one. In the low period, the price stands at 4 and 4.50; in the high period, which has always been from September to December, it stands at 9 and 10 dollars. "This year, however, we haven't gotten to July and we have a price that is higher than the minimum support price, which is 7.30."