Starting December agriculture exporters of melon, watermelon, and pumpkin will be able to finance the packing costs and maritime transport costs, in addition to production.
The financing offered by the Government is being restructured in order to plant more than 5 thousand hectares of pumpkin, and later to include other products, the presidential adviser on Agricultural matters, Guillermo Salazar, reported.
The worldwide food crisis is a concern not only because of the possible scarcity of food, but also because it raises prices for the entire basket of family consumer goods, and Panama cannot ignore it.
The Minister of Agricultural Development, Guillermo Salazar, said the increase in the basic basket of goods is increasingly important. For example, he said, in 2003 the average cost of the basket was 189.27 dollars, while in 2004 it was 193.15 dollars, a rise of two per cent.
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.
Key representative/s from the Guatemalan Exporters’ Association last 13-15 October attended the 8th TPO Network World Conference to exchange ideas and best practice around stimulating export-led economic growth and meeting the urgent challenges in the sector.