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. quotes Mendoza´s comments, "In 2006 the crop area was four acres, but now it reaches one hundred."

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After noting that the local market is being well supplied, the president of the Federation of Agricultural Associations of Guatemala (Fasagua), Eddie Mendoza, was concerned about the amount of tomatoes entering the country coming in from Mexico, which is not supposed to be more than 4 truckloads per month, but he believes that this is the amount entering per day.

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Del Monte Fresh Produce has completed the first phase of its greenhouses, where it has started to produce beefsteak and on the vine tomatoes.

The company has built 16 hydroponic greenhouses in a 10 hectare area, as well as a packing plant and support facilities in an area located 145 kilometers from Guatemala City, halfway between St. Thomas and Port Quetzal.

Guatemalan tomatoes and peppers earn market space in the US

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Guatemala exported $6 million during its first year of sales to the US, after having obtained permission to export its local tomatoes and peppers.

According to farmers from the Federation of Guatemalan Producers' Associations, this figure exceeds their expectations for the period from August 2007 to August 2008.

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Exports to the other Central American countries went from $642.4 million to $1.01 billion, an increase of 57.7%.

According to, "The increase in sales is due to greater demand as a result of CAFTA-DR.

All together, exports have provided $4.84 billion in earnings for the country, some $808.3 million more than the previous year, according to a December 11 report from the Bank of Guatemala (Banguat)."

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