Panama: Agricultural Export Sector Requires $21 Million

This is the investment required to increase exports of melon and watermelon, said Edwin Pérez, president of the Union of Agricultural Exporters.

Friday, July 10, 2009

April recorded drops of 68.8% in melon exports and of 53.4% for watermelon, when compared to the same period of 2008, according to figures from the General Comptroller of the Republic.

Cindy Calderón writes in the Panamá América website: "Máximo Gallardo, president of the Panamanian Exporters Association (Apex, Spanish acronym), stated that a lack of financing for producers, European customs restrictions and the economic crisis are the main factors behind the drop in exports of these non traditional products."

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The Ministry of Agriculture announced that the country is now certified to export melons to the Mexican market.

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