Estuardo Castro, president of the agricultural fair Agritrade, explained farmers have worked over the past two years in products with export potential.
"Among these products is the taro, a type of tuber... as other vegetables with exotic names like squash or cundeamor (sort of a hairy cucumber) and the so-called oriental vegetables, including okra", the article stated in Prensa Libre.
Ornamental plants are part of agricultural export products to be exhibited from March 12nd to 13th, 2015 in the trade fair Agritrade & Expo 2015, to be held in Antigua.
From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (-AGEXPORT-):
In order to meet the demand for new market niches, the Commission on Ornamental Plants at AGEXPORT is inviting farmers to participate in the agricultural platform AGRITRADE Expo & Conference, an event which will be held on 12 and 13 March 2015 in Santo Domingo Hill, Antigua Guatemala, as there will be very high level buyers who are interested in the sector.
From 23 to 24 March in Antigua, Guatemala, more than 60 international buyers will be taking part in business roundtables with agricultural producers in the region.
From a statement issued by Agexport:
In AGRITRADE Expo & Conference 2017 will have 3 business roundtables, one of them will involve the participation of 200 farmers who will showcase their supply of raw materials, in order to foster business with exporting companies seeking to transform agricultural products into manufactured consumer articles such as food and beverages, said the President of the AGRITRADE Platform, Estuardo Castro.
Small producers have started exporting taro, cassava, quiquisque and ginger to the Caribbean island, which buys from Nicaragua some $45 million worth of products per year.
"We made a projection of sales to Puerto Rico of 9.3 million dollars per year and demand will be at least three containers a week," said Nazario Mejia, president of the cooperative Tierra Buena, New Segovia (north), which has already made the first shipment.