The Future of Panamanian Agriculture

Developing strategic crops to ensure food security and bringing together agricultural agents to focus on foreign market niches is part of the challenge for the coming years.

Friday, April 5, 2019

One of the great challenges faced by businessmen in Panama is to take advantage of the country's logistical opportunities to position the Panamanian economy as an agro-exporter and also as a re-exporter of food.

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Gerardo Escudero, representative of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), told that the "... Panama's logistical position allows the country to profitably take food seriously and become a great agro-exporting country for the world.

Escudero added that "... it is true that the country must bet on niches of special products to export.  But it is also possible to import inputs, add value in Panama and export food massively through the Panamanian agrifood hub."

With regard to the actions already implemented, it should be noted that Panama has projects aimed at developing the sector, such as the Western Region Agro Master Plan and the Azuero Region Agro Master Plan, which will be implemented in seven and ten years, respectively.

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