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Russia Consolidates as the Second Market for Ecuadorian Bananas

9.10.2020

Russia was consolidated, between January and August 2020, as the second destination for Ecuadorian bananas, with the purchase of around 53 million boxes, reported the executive director of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), José Antonio Hidalgo. 

At the moment the main markets for Ecuadorian bananas by country are the United States, Russia, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, and by regions Europe, Russia and the Middle East. 

During the first semester of the year, exports of this product increased by 8.74% compared to the same period of last year, becoming the first export of Ecuador and representing 37% of the country's agricultural Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 4.3% of the national GDP. 

Hidalgo said that this sector had made a great effort to maintain jobs during the most critical months of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Regarding the effects on banana plantations due to the ash from the Sangay volcano, which intensified a few days last month, he explained that exports had not been affected because the sector has been taking actions in this regard for 15 years, with special (dome) bags, among other measures. 

"89% of the producers have taken these measures. Being prepared has meant that we do not have a greater impact," he said. 

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