25 thousand tons of cucurbits were sold in Europe, the United States and Canada in the 2013-2014 agricultural season.
The price for a box of melons in presentation of 24 pounds was $13, a box of watermelon weighing 37 pounds cost $16, while a sack of pumpkins weighing 45 pounds was sold in international markets at $12. Overall, there was an increase of 13.6% in total shipments in the 2013-2014 season, compared with the previous agricultural cycle.
The benefits system which will replace the Export Promotion Certificates, will be extended to producers supplying export industries.
The measures which will replace the Export Promotion Certificates (CEFA)- use of which has to be eliminated as it is considered an export subsidies prohibited by the trade agreements signed by Panama - will be soft loans, productivity bonuses, loans with grace periods of several years, incentives for reforestation, for improving the working environment and / or food security, among other things.
Growers expect production to recover during 2013, to place their products on the U.S. market.
Taking advantage of the Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) between Panama and the U.S., growers in this country expect better results during 2013, after considerable crop losses during 2012 due to heavy rainfall.
As set out in the FTA with the U.S., Canada and the European Union, Panama has three months to remove or replace these incentives.
Authorities from the MICI, the Panama Exporters Association (APEX) and the Union of Agro export of non-traditional products (Gantrap) are preparing a proposal, which must first be approved by the Cabinet Council and later by the National Assembly.
The financial crisis affecting Europe has resulted in low prices for melons and watermelons.
So says Alexis Bravo, president of the Nontraditional Agribusiness Group in Panama (Grantap), at the end of the XX International Congress of Producers and Exporters of Melons and Watermelons, held in Panama.
Panama is home to the XX International Congress of Producers and Exporters of Melon and Watermelons in Central America which brings together companies and exporters.
Organized by the Group of Non-Traditional Exporters of Panama (Gantrap) it will end on Saturday August 18 with business negotiation rounds between exporters, producers, importers and service providers.
The Panamanian company Ramafrut S.L. has made its first shipment of fresh pineapple to the Russian market.
Billed as gourmet product, commercial prices in the Russian market can be up to $10 a pound.
For their part, the companies Dalotta and FASP recently signed a buy-sell agreement with the German importer Don Limon for the production of 50 hectares of pineapple, muskmelon and watermelon, to be marketed in Europe as well as Asia.
The decline of agricultural products exports have left losses of more than $20 million.
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.
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As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.