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Venezuela: Orange distribution at risk due to import

Venezuelan orange growers are calling upon the ministry of agriculture to revise current costs in the citrus sector and, where appropriate, change the price of oranges. High import of orange concentrate, the fixed harvest rates and regulations concerning the end product not only influenced production, but put the entire market at risk.

Marcos León Guinand, orange producer in the Department of Carabobo, says farmers are hoping for a national production of 500,000 tons, while demand is 150,000 tons. According to Guinand, numbers show a 100,000-ton surplus. Growers claim foreign companies are importing orange concentrate, leading to false competition.

Growers also have issue with the harvest prices set by agribusiness: 900,000 bolívares per ton, a number not consistent with current price levels. These are said to be 14% higher.


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