Affirming the Bet on Agro-tourism in Panama

The Agro-tourism Director of the Department of Agricultural Development has created a project inspired by the experiences of Colombia and Costa Rica.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The project involves the classification and certification of the establishments that are dedicated to this activity. During 2008, there were 158 farms registered as businesses of agro-tourism.

The blog Business in Panama highlights that Panama annually receives 1.6 million foreign visitors, who generate a high demand for agro-tourism services. According to experts at the Dept. of Agricultural Development, this statistic represents an opportunity for rural areas which are surrounded by forests, mountains, and rivers despite the fact that only 12 percent of the land in Panama is actually dedicated to the agricultural trade.

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Panama continues to bet on agro-tourism

December 2008

A total of 12 farms received certificates to offer agro-tourism services after completing the Agricultural Good Practices (BPA).

Minister Olmedo Espino pointed out that the activity is a great alternative for farmers and highlights the effort made by both entities for the agro-tourism development of Panama, but above all, because it offers economic benefits and provides incentives for ecological preservation.

Certification for Dairy Farms in Costa Rica

February 2009

The largest dairy business in the country and the National Service of Animal Health will certify milk producers with good agro-ecological practices.

Costa Rican dairy producers will be able to count on an innovative program that will help them apply regulations for the management of waste, improve the treatment process of sewage, and receive assistance in agro-ecological matters.

Guatemala: Good Practice Certificates for Farmers

August 2010

19 associations have received certificates enabling them to export to the USA by complying with international agricultural best practice standards.

The scheme promoted by Fundación Ágil and coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to date has certified 48 farming groups.

Certification for Roots and Tubers

November 2012

Before July 2013 roots and tubers packaging plants must obtain health certification from the HACCP, in order to continue exporting to the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The seven plants in Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua, together processed over 80% of the production of roots and tubers of the North (RAAN) and South (RAAS) Atlantic Autonomous Regions.

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