In 2016 a record 120 million boxes of 18 kilos were exported, generating revenues of $986 million, and productivity rose from 2,339 boxes per hectare in 2015 to 2,800 last year.
2016 was a good year for the banana sector in Costa Rica, which registered a significant rise compared to results seen in previous years.Compared to 2015 not only did overall productivity improve, but sales grew in value and volume.
The union reports that in the first ten months of 2016 sales of the fruit abroad increased by 40% compared to the same period in 2015 and in 2017 a 10% increase is projected.
This year Nicaraguan banana exporters project a 10% increase in sales abroad, explained Enrique Gasteazoro, coordinator of Nicaragua banana exporters, to Laprensa.com.ni."... '(We believe) that a ten percent increase will be good for this sector which is growing hand in hand with the investment we are making'."
In addition to the lands belonging to the former employees of Coosemupar, the North American company Del Monte may also be able to use 4,000 hectares in the area that are owned by the state.
Depending on what is negotiated in the agreement between the government and Del Monte, the bill for which will be submitted to the Assembly in January, 4,043 hectares in the Baru area suitable for growing bananas could be used, land which is owned by the Panamanian government.These would be in addition to those leased by company, through the State, by the former employees of Coosemupar.
In the first half of the year better weather conditions led to a 17% increase in export volumes compared to the same period in 2015.
In value terms, banana exports in the first half of the year rose by 24% compared to the same period in 2015, according to figures from the National Banana Corporation (Corbana) mentioned by Nacion.com.
Work is being done on a regional campaign to minimize the risk of the disease known as 'Mal de Panama' from reaching the region from Asia, where it has recently spread.
The plan to identify the presence of disease and improve health controls at borders, which is being prepared by Colombia, along with Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, will also be presented in Central America.
In the first eleven months of 2015 Central America sold 4.8 million metric tons of bananas abroad, 2.4% less than in the same period in 2014.
The figures contained in the Central Agricultural Monitoring report, drawn up by the Commercial Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData.com reveal that Central American banana exports continued to show a downward trend, compared with the same period in 2014.
In the first nine months of 2015 the region sold 3.9 million metric tons of bananas abroad, 1.5% less than in the same period in 2014.
Figures from Central Agricultural Monitor, prepared by the Business Intelligence unit at CentralAmericaData.com reveal that Central American banana exports have shown a slight downward trend so far this year, compared to the same period in 2014.
In the first eight months of 2015 the region exported 3.5 million metric tons of bananas, 2% less than in the same period in 2014.
Figures from the Central Agricultural Monitor, prepared by the Business Intelligence unit at CentralAmericaData.COM reveal that Central American banana exports have registered a slight decrease so far this year compared to the same period last year.
All of the production from 2015 produced by the union of organic banana growers will be exported to the United States.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):
The Piurana Central Association of Small Producers of Organic Banana of Peru (CEPIBO) has decided to send its entire production from 2015 to US suppliers, because they offer a better price for the fruit.
A drop in local production and the volatility of short-term contracts signed with the Philippines, its leading supplier, has created opportunities to export bananas to China.
From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (Procomer):
In the first 7 months of this year, Ecuadorian banana exports to China increased by 704.6%, going from $7.7 million in 2013 to $62.2 million in 2014. Among the main reasons for this growth are the typhoons that have hit major banana-growing regions in China, a situation that caused a rapid increase in local prices.