Nontraditional Agricultural Exports Expected to Drop 50%
The non-traditional agro-export sector of Panama predicts the worst production in 25 years, with a 40% fall in the cultivated area and 50% in volume.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
According to the Union of Nontraditional Agro-exporters (Gantrap) in the 2010/11 season, 2,600 hectares of melon, watermelon and pumpkin will be cultivated; 1,500 less than last season.
25 thousand tons of cucurbits were sold in Europe, the United States and Canada in the 2013-2014 agricultural season.
With the reduction in harvests in Mexico and India, sugar production could decline for the first time since 2009.
In 2012/2013 1,751 hectares were planted but in 2014/2015 the figure was only 1,504, due to the incidence of drought, high production costs and falling international prices.
The Salvadoran Foundation for Coffee Research (Procafé) has reported that 564,000 less quintals will be harvested than last year.
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