Panama: Little Domestic Fruit Production

With the exception of exported fruits (banana, melon, watermelon and pineapple), domestic production remains undeveloped.

Friday, December 4, 2009

This was the main finding of a study conducted by IICA, the Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation. According to the report, the country does not take advantage of its favorable climate and soil composition for growing tropical fruits.

Francisco Antúnez, from the Union of Non Traditional Agri-exporters, remarks that "...lack of market security withholds growers from trying different crops", reported "To solve this, Panama's Agricultural Research Institute (Idiap) is working on adopting new genetic material to increase tropical fruit production".

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