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.
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.
Exports are preparing to close the year with a decrease of 7% compared to 2012.
This is according to the estimates of the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco). The decline in international prices for products such as coffee is one of the reasons for the decline in exports. Agricultural exports could go from $2.510 billion in 2012 to $2.341 billion in 2013.
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The Guatemalan Exporters Association is a private non-profit entity, established in 1982; that represents, promotes and develops non traditional exports of Guatemalan companies.
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