The 2014/15 agricultural crop tomato for industrial use will not be enough to meet local demand, which will face a shortfall of 1,578 metric tons.
In order to make up the deficit in industrial tomatos an auction will be held on April 23 at the National Commodity Exchange. "... The selected product will be allowed to enter the country from 28 April to 31 December 2015, according to the verdict of the National Commission on Commodity Exchanges. "
The T9 variety of tomato seed, which comes from a cross between a hybrid and a Creole tomato, obtained the best performance per hectare in the 2013-2014 agricultural season.
Using the T9 seed, which provides fruits weighing nearly a pound and yields over a thousand quintals per hectare, industrial tomato farmers in the Panamanian province of Los Santos managed to harvest 8,400 tons of tomatoes in the recently concluded season increasing their production by 33.3 % compared to the agricultural cycle 2012-2013.
After having lowered tariffs on several agricultural products, the government of Panama is offering productivity bonuses to farmers of industrial tomatoes, pigeon peas, beans and coffee.
Laprensa.com reports that "As of October 24, 2012, the import tariff on industrial tomato and instant coffee went from 81% to 10%. While for beans and pigeon peas the tariff which had been set at 15%, was removed. "
A study shows tomato seeds can be used as a raw material for obtaining a oil with high antioxidant properties.
A statement from the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:
Tomato seeds can be the basis of a new functional oil
Tomato seeds can used as a raw material for the production of oil with high antioxidant properties, according to research published in the Journal of Food Science by a team led by Zhongli Pan from the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA ), who indicate that through appropriate techniques the content of antioxidants can be maximized.
With this agreement the U.S. market opens up to Honduran greenhouse tomatoes.
A press release from the National Agricultural Health Service of Honduras reads:
The National Health Service (SENASA in Spanish), Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG in Spanish) have signed this day a protocol and work plan for the export of peppers and tomatos with the Agricultural Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture which will open up the market for tomatoes.
Compared to the 2,400 cases collected in the summer crop, the winter rains reduced tomato production in up to 75%.
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.
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.
Panamanian authorities have banned the importation of this fruit to prevent the spread of the pest Tuta absoluta.
Although Costa Rica has not reported any cases of the infestation, known in the agricultural industry as tomato moth (polilla del tomate), the Panamanian authorities have decided as a preventative measure to stop the entry of tomatoes from the neighboring country, from where most of the tomatos consumed in Panama come from.
The projected increase for 2011 is due to a greater crop area and the establishment of two new packing plants.
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.
For the last month Nicaragua has prevented pepper and tomatoes imports from Honduras.
Edgar Santamaría, National Service of Agricultural Health (SENASA) reported that the government of Nicaragua is denying import permits for tomatoes and peppers due to the presence of a plague called paratriosa.