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Demand for Ecuadorian Organic Bananas Increases

22.2.2019

The demand for organic bananas in the world is increasing steadily, and this is reflected in Ecuador’s export figures.

The orito or baby banana also registers a positive trend. Around 310,000 boxes of organic bananas are shipped weekly. Between January and October of last year, organic bananas accounted for 7.2% of total exports of the fruit, achieving revenues of US$ 241 million according to figures from Pro Ecuador.

The United States, the European Union and Japan are the main markets that demand this product, and banana farmers work every day so that their farms maintain production standards that allow them to maintain organic certification.

The San Miguel Corporation of Brazil, which is made up of 135 members with plantations totalling around 1,000 hectares, produces approximately 25,000 boxes of organic bananas each week, which are sold in the United States, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

"With this type of fruit we have the advantage of greater stability in marketing and a good price all year, which reaches an average of US$9.00 per carton," said Renato Herrera, president of the corporation.

All the organic plantations of the associates are certified. In addition to the organic certification, the farms have the Global GAP seal, good agricultural and environmental practices, and fair trade certification.

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