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Colombia: Banana Exports Increased in 2018

15.2.2019

The banana sector in Colombia ended 2018 with a production figure of 100,491,531 boxes of bananas, equivalent to US $ 859,217,084, increasing the number of boxes exported by 2,472,738 compared to 2017. Producers and marketers affiliated to Augura represented 78 % of the total volume and exported value".

2018 was complex for Colombian agricultural exports however; the banana sector grew by 2.52% compared to 2017. It was a year that was influenced by weather factors such as the El Niño Phenomenon and a high presence of wind in the producing areas, that decreased fruit production in some months of the year," said the president of Augura, Juan Camilo Restrepo Gómez.

According to the union, its visit to Europe organized in 2018, aiming to show the actions and investments in corporate social responsibility was key. The union explained its progress in aspects such as the consolidation and strengthening of the union and the various actions for the protection and care of the environment. The association stressed that 98% of the workforce is unionized; there is a harmonious relationship and teamwork, a fact that serves as an example for other sectors.

In 2018, Augura gave President Iván Duque an Urabá road map, prepared together with the living forces of the region, with the aim of working together with all the actors, private entities, the community and everybody. The document highlights projects such as the Land Adaptation District for Urabá and the water reservoirs in Magdalena, among others.

"2019 will be essential to advancing the implementation of a country seal or designation of origin, a commercial strategy that will allow the consolidation of current markets and help in the search for new destinations. Additionally, as every two years, we will carry out the Collective Convention, understanding also that our workers are the heart of the industry, and that the banana sector is one of the main sources of employment in the regions of Urabá and Magdalena," added the union leader.

Augura currently works on projects that rely on the care and sustainability of the environment, on the integral benefits of workers and on the training of small and medium producers. In the last 20 years, the producers and marketers, through these social entities, have invested US$ 580 billion.

Augura is a non-profit organization that brings together banana producers and international marketers in Antioquia and Magdalena, Colombian fruit producing areas for international markets. Since 1963, Augura has been working towards the production and marketing of bananas, while representing and defending its members before official bodies and national and international entities.

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