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Banana & Cacao Summit: Main focus on logistics crisis and disease management

The mitigation of diseases that impact the production levels of bananas and cocoa, two of the most prominent export products from Ecuador, and the current global logistics crisis that impacts maritime transport, are the issues that receive the most attention at the Banana & Cacao Summit.

The event, organized by Expoplaza, has the support and endorsement of the Association of Graduates of Zamoranos del Litoral – Ecuador (Ageaple), the Association of Graduates of EARTH (Agearth), as well as the Association of Producers of Fine Cacao and of Aroma (Aprocafa).

From January to August, cocoa and bananas generated more than $ 2,800 million in exports, according to figures from the Central Bank of Ecuador. Hence the interest of these sectors to improve productivity, learn about the most recent innovations in crop management and how international markets affected by the logistics crisis move.

Rubén Avendaño, President of Ageaple, described the logistical problem faced by bananas, which has around 220 hectares of crops in the country, as “a strong dilemma” for the sector, which adds to the concern for a ‘potential arrival’ of Fusarium race 4 to Ecuadorian territory, which is already found in Peru and Colombia.


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