Tomato Exports Up 150% in Guatemala
The projected increase for 2011 is due to a greater crop area and the establishment of two new packing plants.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The President of the Federation of Agricultural Associations of Guatemala (Fasagua), Eddie Mendoza, noted that new packing facilities are Fresh Del Monte and Guatemalan company Central American Greenhouse, which add to existing Semillas de Campo, Hidroponica de Guatemala and Panorama.
Compared to the 2,400 cases collected in the summer crop, the winter rains reduced tomato production in up to 75%.
Del Monte Fresh Produce has completed the first phase of its greenhouses, where it has started to produce beefsteak and on the vine tomatoes.
Guatemala exported $6 million during its first year of sales to the US, after having obtained permission to export its local tomatoes and peppers.
Exports to the other Central American countries went from $642.4 million to $1.01 billion, an increase of 57.7%.
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