Ecuador: Banana producers demand a rise in the price of a box of bananas

Paul Gonzalez, a banana leader, deems it necessary that the price of bananas increases, after taking into account several factors, mainly about production.

Gonzalez said that he had met with other banana leaders several days ago and that they had discussed various points to ask for an increase in the value of a box of bananas, which is currently $ 6.00 dollars.

He said that several points were taken into account, including production. On this occasion, he said, they were basing the increase in the price of a box of bananas on the rise there was in the unified basic salary.

A factor that hasn't been taken into account in previous years to raise the price of a box of bananas, but that, according to Gonzalez, has a big impact on the value of the fruit. Another key point for raising the price is the evaluators' service, which is paid by producers.

The banana leader said that the importers and exporters, who are the ones that are interested the most in the banana's good quality, had to pay the evaluators. In addition, Gonzalez said that they also had to consider the unexpected when increasing the price of a box of bananas, something that the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries hasn't taken into account when allocating the price of a box of bananas.


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