Agriculture in Guatemala: Demand Behavior

The closure of restaurants and hotels and the restrictions on opening hours in cantonal markets and supermarkets explain the drop in sales reported by agricultural producers.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Chamber of Agriculture carried out a survey to measure the first economic effects of the covid-19 outbreak in the country, and different agricultural producers', agro-exporters', agro-industrial and agricultural cooperatives' associations were consulted.

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The statement from the Chamber of Agriculture states that "... Demand is changing and sales are falling:

Sales are down because restaurants and hotels are almost totally closed, since these two industries are important buyers of agri-foods, according to producers of vegetables and specialty vegetables such as apple tomatoes and asparagus, as well as producers of milk and dairy products, pork, beef, poultry and eggs, among others.
The vegetable, pork, and livestock sectors have reported a drop in sales due to the hours of the cantonal markets and supermarkets.
Changes in demand from Europe's main markets and problems in the export logistics chain are affecting producers and exporters of honey, flowers and plants, and frozen vegetables and fruits.
One of the most affected sectors is the rubber sector as the main production plants of trucks, vehicles and plants stopped their production. Rubber producers in Guatemala export their production to Mexico 40%, 20% to the United States and 20% to Colombia.
The drop in demand also has an effect on the prices of some products. This will have a downward impact on producers' incomes.
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See full press release (in Spanish).

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