Ministers to meet to discuss banana export strategies

Agriculture ministers from Central America, Mexico, Brazil, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will meet in Panama Aug. 21-22 to discuss banana exports.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The meeting is an effort to reactivate the Union of Banana Exporting Countries and the creation of mechanisms of agricultural cooperation.
Panamanian Agriculture Minister Guillermo Salazar said the countries are seeking to get fair prices for bananas and other primary products.
To fnance the banana exporters they have agreed to a check-off of one dollar for each 18.15 kilos of the product exported.

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