Alfredo Velez, corporate vice president of Tip Top Industries, said the sector is expected to grow 10% this year.
He added, "Exports to Venezuela are in the process of closing since so far we have completed the technical analysis and logistics, once this agreement is complete, it will take three months to start shipments to that market because the chicken which goes to Venezuela will be an additional production above the local production."
In the first quarter, the country exported $970 million, 14.8% more than the $845 million in the same period in 2011, registering an increase of volume of exports.
The figures were reported by the State Center for Exports (Cetrex).
The agency also indicated an increase of 12.5 percent in volume of sales abroad, registering 727 metric tonnes between January and April, up from 646 tonnes in the first quarter of 2011, reports Laprensa.com.ni.
2010 closed with record exports, an increase of 17.4% compared to 2009.
Revenues from traditional exports (sugar, coffee, bananas, oil and cardamom) were $ 2,316 million, according to the Bank of Guatemala.
"Sugar sales generated revenues of $ 725.9 million, up 43 percent versus $ 507.7 million in 2009, coffee exports totaled $ 705.5 million, an increase of 21.8 percent, and oil rose 19 percent to $ 227.7 million" , reports Elperiodico.com.gt.
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