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.

The reasons, according to the exporters, are "lack of financing, high input costs, ineffective incentives and the effects of climate change which left $ 10 million in losses," explains

It is expected that of the 700 producers who were registered in 2009, 30% will leave the activity.

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