After a period in which the expansion of the pandemic interrupted the development of international shipments, Panama resumed melon and watermelon exports to the European Union.
Agrolat de Tonosi, an export company from the province of Los Santos, has been one of the companies that have resumed shipments to the United Kingdom; a country that is currently more flexible with shipments of these two fruits that have a great value in the European markets.
According to Guillermo Sosa, from Agrolat, before the world health emergency, they were making shipments to Italy and Spain. However, these nations closed their borders due to the health crisis. Similarly, the Netherlands, the port of entry to Europe, is depressed as a result of the pandemic.
Sosa said that the agricultural export company, which is located in the Flores district in Tonosi, had a total of 80 hectares devoted to growing these crops. 50 hectares are planted with yellow melon, 5 with Piel de Sapo melon, and 5 with watermelon, he said.
Due to the health emergency, the 20-year-old company has had to make adjustments in the logistics to harvest and package the fruits using only 40 workers for these tasks. Despite this, the company has managed to export 32 containers of golden melon and 30 containers of watermelon throughout this year.