Panama’s Agricultural Exports Decline

The decline of agricultural products exports have left losses of more than $20 million.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

According to data from the Comptroller General of the Republic, a decline of 53% was reported for banana exports between January and April of this year, 68.85% in melons, 53.48% in watermelons, and 19.8% in pineapple compared to the same period last year.

María De Gracia writes in Panamá América: “For its part, the export of coffee declined by 36.4%. Similarly, cattle exports fell by 65.9%. and the export of shrimp and shrimp larva showed a decline of 23.9% and 51.2%, respectively, according to official statistics.”

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Bankruptcy of Melon and Watermelon Distributor

September 2012

Panamanian agroexporters could lose $3 million because of the bankruptcy of a Dutch company to whom they sold their production for 2011-2012.

The companies Exportadores de Azuero, Fénix Business and Expo Latinas, up until today have not been able to get paid for the production of nearly 500 acres of melons and watermelons sent to the European market, said Alexis Bravo, president of the Union of Nontraditional Agricultural Exporters (Grantrap).

Nontraditional Agricultural Exports Expected to Drop 50%

November 2010

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.

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.

Japan Lifts Restrictions to Panamanian Fruits

April 2010

The Asian country waived a series of food health measures which prevented Panamanian melons, pineapples, watermelons and gourds from entering its market.

Such decision was taken after the region of Azuero was recognized as free from the Mediterranean fly (Moscamed).

Florencio Edwin Pérez, president of the nontraditional agro exporters union Gantrap, commented that “the only obstacle impeding Panama from entering this market was the recognition of the Azuero region as free from the fly”.

Panama: Agricultural Export Sector Requires $21 Million

July 2009

This is the investment required to increase exports of melon and watermelon, said Edwin Pérez, president of the Union of Agricultural Exporters.

April recorded drops of 68.8% in melon exports and of 53.4% for watermelon, when compared to the same period of 2008, according to figures from the General Comptroller of the Republic.

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