According to the coordinator of the Banana Program of the Regional Directorate of Agriculture, Karlhos Quinde, the costs of implementing biosecurity protocols in the banana sector due to the pandemic have impacted the profitability of producer organizations. As a result, producers are negotiating the price of the fruit for the 2021 campaign, which could be 10% higher than in 2019.
He said that exporters hadn't budgeted sending vulnerable people to their homes, hiring health personnel to control the personnel, or acquiring biosafety implements, among other new costs that have had an impact on the economy of the organizations.
Quinde also said the demand for bananas had not decreased. There were some logistical problems to ship the product in the first months of the pandemic as some countries closed their borders, but trade has been normal. Markets have been supplied and producers are adapting to working with the new security measures.