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Colombia: Asbama Reports Growth in Banana Exports

11.9.2020

According to data from the National Administrative Department of Statistics, Dane, from Colombia, banana exports in the first half of the year went from 302,124.56 tons in 2019 to 333,619.31 tons in 2020, an increase of 10.4%. A movement of 17,036 containers was recorded, an increase of 3.8% compared to 2019 (620 more containers). 

These good results have been achieved despite the concern of the agricultural sector over the confirmation of the presence of the Fusarium Raza 4 Tropical fungus (FOC R4T) in the department of La Guajira in 2019 and the worldwide appearance of the coronavirus in 2020. "This was a period of great challenges for the banana sector because we had to implement strict biosafety and phytosanitary protocols to prevent contagion by Covid19 among employees and the community, as well as the spread of Fusarium," said José Francisco Zúñiga Cotes, president executive of the Magdalena and La Guajira Banana Association (Asbama). 

For the union leader, “tariff preferences, the important exchange rate of the market and compliance by Colombia with the social and environmental certifications required by the different countries where the fruit is exported” positively influenced the increase in exports. 

In the departments of Magdalena, La Guajira and Cesar, 33.5% of the bananas exported from the country to the United States, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland and South Korea are produced. The region's banana industry generates 12,134 direct jobs and 36,548 indirect jobs. 

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