Currently production is less than 500 tonnes per year, equivalent to 0.09% of what was imported globally last year (518,818 tonnes). According to Luz Marina Arana, coordinator of marketing research of the Center for Export and Investment (CEI), although Nicaraguan honey has entered duty free since 2004, with the entry into force of the trade agreement, "the new rules will stabilize trade and expand the possibility of new markets. "
The country could significantly increase production and start exporting within two years.
The signing of a cooperation agreement between the Export and Investment Center (CEI), the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Dutch network Solidarity will increase the cultivation of conventional and organic soy, and then export the grain to international markets.
In 2010 only 22.5% of total exports were sold in Central America.
In 2008 33% of total exports was destined for Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador, and in 2009 the number dropped to 31%.
The executive director of the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX), Jorge Molina, told reporters, "Much of what we exported to Central America they already produce and that has created the establishment of obstacles, it is becoming more difficult... we keep speaking of a customs union but this is the only region in the world where, in order to export, you require an import permit.”
The decline in red bean exports is caused by crop losses in the first term.
Jorge Molina, executive director of the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX) stated that exports of all beans have suffered a total reduction of only 2%, thanks to black bean exports whose main market is Venezuela.
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.