Pineapple: Why did Exports Fall in 2019?

The drop in international prices and the climate difficulties were the main reasons for the 5% reduction in the value exported from Costa Rica last year compared to 2018.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Data from the Foreign Trade Promotion Agency (Procomer) show that between 2018 and 2019, exports of the fruit decreased from $983 million to $930 million, which is equivalent to a negative variation of 5%.

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This drop in sales contrasts with the increases reported in previous years, since during 2016, 2017 and 2018, year-on-year increases of 9%, 8% and 4%, respectively, were recorded.

Abel Chaves, president of the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters, told Nacion.com that one of the reasons for the drop in sales is the "... combination of the impact of the climate and a reduction in attention to the plantations (application of the technological package)."

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The fall in prices is the other cause identified by the sector's union. In this regard, Chaves said that "... between the second half of 2018 and the first half of 2019, fuel prices fell between 35% and 40%. It was not until the end of 2019 that they began to recover a little."

According to the leader, because of the fall in prices, producers have not applied inputs in normal times and some farmers have chosen to leave the activity.

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