Guatemala Seeks Other Markets for Avocado

Given the prohibition of entry imposed by Costa Rica, avocado exporters are trying to sell the fruit in new destinations, foreseeing a drop in prices after the next harvest.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lower prices are expected in two months, at the moment of the strongest stage of the harvest, which they hope to sell in other countries in the region such as El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition to new markets, producers are trying to increase distribution nationwide.

"... Ricardo Santa Cruz, director of the Agricultural and Fisheries sector of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT), commented that "... 'The local market is good, fortunately, but when we get to the strongest part of the harvest in about two or three months, there may be oversupply and lower prices in other countries in the region.'" reports that "... Jorge Gomez, head of the Department of Epidemiological Surveillance and Risk Analysis at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (MAGA), raised the point that, meanwhile, exports to Costa Rica have been falling in recent years. 'We took measures and corrective actions for the Costa Rican measure to be lifted.'"

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