Roots and Tubers from Nicaragua

Nicaraguan roots and tubers are now being packed in the country with export volumes increasing year on year, mainly going to the United States and Puerto Rico.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Of the $37 million traded in ExpoApen 2012, $14 million was related to sales of roots and tubers.

The same situation occurred in the latest edition of the Fresh Summit 2012 food fair, held in California, where the most sought after Nicaraguan products were malanga coco, malanga lila, and quiquisque.

"Sales of these products have grown in recent years, but demand from the international market is not new. What happened is that before 2010 companies in Costa Rica came to buy these products, they took them away, just washed, and packed them over there. Then they exported them to other countries as Costa Rican products.

"At that time up to five containers a week went to Costa Rica and now only one goes once every 15 days", said Walter Chavez, vice president of the Commission of roots and tubers of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN)", reported Laprensa.com.ni.



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Certification for Roots and Tubers

November 2012

Before July 2013 roots and tubers packaging plants must obtain health certification from the HACCP, in order to continue exporting to the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The seven plants in Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua, together processed over 80% of the production of roots and tubers of the North (RAAN) and South (RAAS) Atlantic Autonomous Regions.

ExpoApen 2012 Achieves Business of $37 million

October 2012

The fair held in September in Nicaragua reached a new record, closing businesses deals worth $37.4 million, $10.4 million more than in 2011.

The event had the participation of 267 domestic companies who promoted over a hundred products for export.

"The items most in demand were roots and tubers such as cassava and ginger, followed by seeds and grains (mainly red silk beans, peanuts, sesame seeds and cashew nuts) and finally finished products (jam, cookies, etc..)

Nicaragua: Export Opportunities in Tubers

April 2012

Although there is growth in the export growth of tubers such as malanga and taro, the activity is far away from tapping the export potential of the $40-$50 million estimated by the producers.

Foreign sales of roots and tubers such as malanga and taro in the first quarter of 2012 grew from $1.8 million in the period from January to March 2011, to $2.3 million in the same period in 2012.

Nicaraguan Products in Fruit Logistic 2011

February 2011

Producers managed to sell $ 4.2 million over three days of participation at the fair.

Azucena Castillo, general manager of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN), said the purchase contracts are for okra, watermelon, ginger and dragon fruit.

"He stressed that those 4.2 million are in addition to what is planned to be exported this year (about 2.200 million dollars) and it also opens new markets," reported Laprensa.com.ni.

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