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Colombia banana exports down 2.7% in 2022 due to rains and war in Ukraine

Colombia’s banana exports fell 2.7% to 108 million 20-kilogram boxes last year, the head of banana growers’ association told Reuters on Tuesday, citing inclement, rainy weather and difficult international markets due to the war in Ukraine.

Banana exports totaled $892 million, slightly below the $898 million in 2021, when the Andean country exported 111 million boxes of the yellow fruit, according to the Colombian Banana Growers’ Association (Augura).

“We come from 2022 where all the negative factors hit us. Excess rain affecting plantations caused by climate change and the increasing presence of (banana fungus) sigatoka,” Augura President Emerson Aguirre said in an interview.


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