The decrease in demand for pineapples from Argentina as a result of the pandemic has set off alarms among pineapple producers in the Paraguayan region of Guayaybi, located in the department of San Pedro. The producers have stated that if the situation does not change, there is a very great risk that they'll be unable to market and could lose 50% of their production.
According to the pineapple producers, nearly 1,000 hectares of pineapple crops, with an average production of 3,000 boxes per hectare, are in the harvest stage. Half of this fruit is in danger, the said, because of the drop in exports and the low prices in the local market.
According to Isidro Barrios, a producer in the Guayaybi area, the average price for each box of 24 and 18 fruits in the local market continues to range from G. 25,000 to 35,000. However, he said, the price could change in the coming days, as the marketing centers are receiving more and more pineapples from the different departments each day.
Barrios said that the region's pineapple and banana producers were working to install a mini-industry that processes both fruits to avoid the losses they face every year. He also said there was a possibility that government institutions might help them to agree on their goals and ensure that the work plan can have the expected result.