Avocado: Challenges and Opportunities

Encouraging production and raising the quality standards of the fruit are some of the challenges that Guatemala faces in order to take advantage of the multiple opportunities that exist in the international market.

Monday, February 24, 2020

It is estimated that worldwide the demand for avocado grows at a 10% annual rate and in its best season the fruit is quoted in Asian and European markets up to $1.75 per unit.

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Mario Yarzebski, marketing manager of Palo Blanco agro-export company, explained to Prensalibre.com that "... Guatemala needs a national policy to encourage fruit production and market it to the United States, which is the main buyer. Such a policy must define sanitary and phytosanitary measures and controls, quality standards, and certifications in order to carry out more formal production with producers and marketing chains."

Marco Quilo, president of the Avocado Committee of the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport) said that "... Guatemala has great opportunities for planting, especially in the highlands, but due to the absence of guidelines the activity is not encouraged. He highlighted that it is required to increase the volume, technification and financing for producers, since a kilo of fresh avocado reaches $3.25 in high season, which for Guatemala is in the first quarter of the year."

Guatemalan producers agree that one of the problems identified is that due to the informality of the sector, the intermediaries are the most favored in the commercialization chain.

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