The investments made in banana production in Ecuador, aimed at intensive cultivation, have allowed maintaining exports of this fruit despite the worldwide expansion of COVID-19, cushioning the effects of the pandemic in the banana sector.
According to a report from the Association of Banana Exporters (AEBE), banana exports had a good start of the year. Up until March 2020, Ecuadorian banana exports increased by 9.92% and totaled 1.029 billion dollars (in 2019 they reached 850.9 million), according to information from Acorbanec (Association of Marketing and Exportation). This, at a time when the pandemic was intensifying in China and Europe was showing the first signs of the crisis.
The number of boxes exported during the first quarter of the year increased from 95.2 million in 2019 to 104.7 million this year. Meanwhile, banana growers continue to innovate and research to improve their productivity with techniques, such as double row plantings, and new systems to improve soil quality.