"Of those 20 products, 17 agricultural exports reported increases during that period, including sugar cane with 94%, ethyl alcohol 159%, cocoa beans 195%, palm oil 217%, prepared or preserved meat with 39%, fruit juice 46%, unroasted coffee 39%, frozen bovine meat 55%, cheese 69%, eggs 20%, other milk 16%; and vegetables 17%, among others," informs Laestrella.com.pa.
During the first 11 months of 2010, cocoa and palm oil were the 2 agricultural products which increased their sales the most.
According to the Commerce and Industry Ministry (Mici), cocoa exports increased from $ 957.8 thousand in the first 10 months of 2009 to $ 2.8 million in the same period of 2010. During the same time-frame, palm oil exports rose from $ 781.4 thousand to $ 4.15 million.
The program for the Promotion of Export Competitiveness includes 66 new products such as farmed shrimp, sausages, fruit nectars and juices.
Law 82 of 31st December 2009 regulates the Certificates for Development of Agricultural Exports (CEFA in Spanish) and initially was limited to non-traditional agricultural exports, including about 230 products or their derivatives such as tomatos, salsa, yuca, squashes , palm oil, pepper, alcohol, meat, coconut, chicken, candy, jam, ginger, juice, marmalade, and milk, among other things.
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