The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) stated that, on Sunday, August 9, a shipment of 1,050 boxes of bananas produced in the district of Tembiaporã, in the department of Caaguazú, had left Paraguay for the Central Market of Buenos Aires.
Anibal Roa, the Marketing Director of the MAG, said that the Paraguayan bananas exported correspond to the Karape variety, which accounts for 30% of the national production. "Exports to the Argentine market haven't stopped, they continue normally. There are always problems exporting, such as the current fall of the peso that affected prices, but exports continue normally," he said in an interview with Radio Nacional del Paraguay this Tuesday.
He also said the Marketing Department was monitoring prices on a daily basis and that they expected they would improve in the coming months. He also pointed out that the fall in prices was normal at this time of the year due to the abundance of supply.
Roa said that the Paraguayan banana was currently being exported to Argentina and that they were evaluating the possibility of opening new markets in Chile and Uruguay.
According to data provided by the Agriculture and Livestock portfolio, the country produces 103,000 tons of bananas, 67,000 tons of which are destined for export, with an average income of $ 11,700,000.
Paraguay has an estimated 8,000 hectares devoted to this production, and the largest production is the Tembiaporã district in Caaguazu with 7,000 hectares of crops. The towns of Caraguatay and San Jose Obrero in the department of Cordillera, both have 450 hectares devoted to banana production and the towns of Guajayvi, Yrybucua, and Santa Rosa del Aguaray, in the department of San Pedro, have a total of 550 hectares.