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Panama: Banana exports not affected by pandemic

The production of bananas for export has not been affected by the  Covid-19 pandemic, says Agriculture Ministry  director of bananas, Carlos Motta, at the Banapiña company in Barú, Chiriquí.

The fruit market for the three exporting companies (Chiquita, Del Monte and COBANA) has not varied and is carried out uninterruptedly, complying with international protocols and those issued by the Ministry of Health to avoid the contagion by the coronavirus.

Panama annually exports about 18.5 million boxes of bananas, generating more than $300 million in foreign currency for the country and a workforce of 9,300 direct jobs.

The banana activity in Barú represents an important contribution to the national economy and to this will be added, in the medium term, the production of pineapple, a fruit of high value in the markets of Europe and the United States.


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