The Colombian agricultural sector has lost $ 3.6 billion due to the national strike
The supply levels in May 2021 were lower than when the country was in a lockdown due to COVID
The Ministry of Agriculture stated that the national strike had endangered 1.8 million jobs in the agricultural sector and had held up more than 1.2 million tons of perishable products in different parts of Colombia.
According to a report from the entity, the sector has had losses of up to $ 3.6 billion because of the difficulties in mobilizing products due to the road blockades in the country - which had their epicenter in Boyaca, Santander, Cundinamarca, Antioquia, and Valle del Cauca.
According to the Ministry, the supply levels in May 2021 stood at 447,478 tons, i.e. almost 100,000 tons less than in the same month of 2020, when the country was in a lockdown due to the pandemic.
The strike also affected the prices of fresh produce. The price of tubers, roots, and bananas decreased by 11.7%. Black potato prices fell by 15%, the unica potato fell by 20.7%, and the capira decreased by 19%.
In turn, fruit prices decreased by 9.4%. The most affected fruits were guava, lemon, pineapple, lulo, Hass avocado, blackberry, and mango.