The VI Latin American Avocado Congress concluded on Friday. According to the president of the organizing committee, Andres Espinoza, the event was a meeting point for producers, marketers, researchers, and technicians to present their avocado research results of recent years.
Espinoza also said that these presentations would allow them to have a more efficient production and learn about new more environmentally friendly techniques to control pests and diseases that can improve the sustainability of the crop.
The president of the committee emphasized that "Guatemala is a center of origin of avocados. Antigua, the city that hosted the congress, is a very important representative of the Guatemalan avocado because researchers have visited this city to study the materials of the Guatemalan varieties since 1916."
In 2020, Guatemala harvested more than 145,000 tons of avocado for export. The country had an estimated 13,000 hectares of avocado crops of different varieties, nearly 6,000 hectares of which were of the Hass variety, according to official figures.
The Congress was attended by 639 people, 103 of which did so remotely and virtually from different parts of Latin America due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the event, experts from the host country, as well as Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, and Spain, held more than 50 international conferences.
In addition, there were exhibitions and keynote talks that addressed price increases, the market, efficient water use systems, and first-rate technical irrigation systems.
Mexican producers Ramon Paz Vega and Alberto Godinez spoke about the importance of meeting with colleagues at an event where we all learn and get informed.
Paz, who gave a talk on the reality and perspective of avocado consumption at a global level, said the international price of avocado was growing, but that this increase didn't happen automatically.
Godinez, in turn, considered that, in real terms, the price rises by 0.5% per year, which means that in 20 years it rises by 22% or 23%. "This indicates that there is room for more production and more distribution, in addition to the fact that demand is growing more than supply,” he said.