How to Make Production Grow and Be Sustainable

The drama over the bulk of exports being primary products without added value is unfolding not only in Nicaragua.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The new president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN), Guillermo Jacoby, has carried out a lucid analysis of the difficulties faced by Nicaraguan exporters in increasing both the volume and the value of its sales abroad, and especially how to make this productive effort sustainable.

"... The development that the country has had in its sales abroad, by only exporting commodities, is more harmful than beneficial and if this continues what is being generated is more poverty for the future, as currently 'the country has been exporting its wealth '. "

"... If I sow pineapple and export pineapple, what I exported was all of the power of the land that was used to produce the pineapple; if I export banana, I'm exporting what the earth gives me (...), if you keep exporting primary products you are taking away the country's wealth because it is difficult to recoup that land unless you keep putting agrochemicals back into it to strengthen it because there is not enough organic matter there with which you can plant eco-friendly or organic crops, it does not exist, there is no organic industry. "

"... The vast majority of these exported products were sold without added value. How can you generate sustainable exports and ones which provide more wealth? The response has been on the agenda of the sector and the Government for years, with both constantly referring to it and with the falling prices in commodities or raw materials the goal to be reached has become: Added value "

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