Europe Demands More "Biological" Products

Central American countries face the challenge of improving their production techniques in order to increase quality and take advantage of the opportunity that exists in the European market.

Thursday, August 3, 2017 reports that "...According to the most recent European statistics of 2015, the consumption of organic products in the European Union (EU) was 28.3 billion euros in that year.  70% of this expenditure came from four countries: Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.  However, those adding the most of these types of products into their shopping baskets are the Danish (8.4% of their purchases), Austrians (8%) and Swedes (7.7%), according to data from the same year.

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"... For Nicaragua, one of the impediments to exporting to this market of 500 million inhabitants is that quality requirements have not yet been met, although a market for dry and frozen fruits has already been opened, but in an even smaller number."

In addition to importing them from very few markets, the European countries are increasing the areas of cultivation of the so-called biological products, in order to supply growing demand.

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After concluding an audit that began in 2016, European Union authorities notified Costa Rica that it will be able to continue exporting its organic vegetables to European countries.

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Agencies in charge of the certification of organic products for export must meet new regulations set by the European Union.

From a press release by the State Phytosanitary Service:

In 2014 new regulations will govern EU organic products.

The MAG will support certification agencies and producers in complying with new requirements.

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Suppliers of organic products reported a rise in sales and improved market conditions.

A statement from the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:

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The Salvadoran government will promote organic production of grain in order to improve the quality of life of farmers.

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