Can Nicaragua Export More Citrus?

In the last five years, exports of oranges amounted to only $49 million, but the union of exporters believes that markets such as the United States and Europe are not yet being fully exploited.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Increasing the cultivated area to take advantage, for example, of the negative effect of the climatic phenomena on orange plantations in Florida, USA, is one of the suggestions of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN) to increase business for citrus growers.

Mangos also have opportunities in other markets. Mario Arana, manager of the APEN, explained to that  "... the mango sector has ambitious expansion plans, and for the next year they plan to increase productivity by 20%, while for the next four years they intend to increase the plantation area by up to 80%.'What they are looking at is the United States market. They also want to diversify markets and export to new niches with new mango varieties desired by the European and Japanese markets, in such a way that it will add value to exports."

"... According to the APEN, the country has exported citrus to six countries, three of them with derisory amounts that do not even add up to US $1,000. The main destination has been Costa Rica, totaling US $48.88 million in the period between 2012 and 2017, which represents more than 99.95% of total exports. The average price per kilogram of citrus fruit exports has ranged from a minimum of US $0.08 / kg to a maximum of US $0.20 / kg in 2017, while in mangoes the minimum was US $0.53 / kg and the maximum of US $0.69 / kg."

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