Panama's National Government has approved reducing the import tariff of onions to 0% until September 15, 2019, to purchase 6,000 tons of this vegetable until that date or sooner.
The measure was adopted on July 10 when the representatives of the potato and onion Agricultural Food Chain reached a unanimous agreement aimed at guaranteeing the supply of the product in the local market.
Onion production was affected by the constant rains in the Highlands of Volcan, province of Chiriqui, so the country must ensure that there is enough product in the national market for the months when there is a regular shortage, i.e. July, August, and September.
The head of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Augusto Valderrama, said that the onion imports would be carried out in a correct and fair manner, without affecting domestic production.