Panama's potatoes supply is assured for all 2020 by adding imports to the national production, according to Raul Saucedo Alderete, the general administrator of the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (Aupsa).
Saucedo said that 57,207 kilograms of imported potatoes were currently being marketed in the country and that the country expected an additional 59,647 kilograms to arrive before April thanks to the free trade agreement with Canada.
From August of last year to date, it was possible to reduce the country's potato imports by 75% over the year 2018, responding to the clamor of national producers.
"We are fortunate that our producers have a good harvest throughout most of the year. Crop levels decline a little in February and March, given the lack of water, but that is no reason for Panamanians not to have this food permanently," Saucedo added.
The marketing of national potatoes is stronger during the months of October, November, December, and January. However, 90% of the potatoes consumed in the country are produced in the country.