Colombia, the fifth largest banana producer in the world, hopes to increase exports

Emerson Aguirre, president of Augura
Emerson Aguirre, president of Augura.

Colombian banana exporters believe they will increase exports by 5% in 2024, after the slight drop in 2023.

The country exported 105.5 million boxes (20 kg) of bananas last yeardown 2.3 percent from the 108.1 million boxes shipped in 2022.

Colombia, the fifth largest banana producer

The drop was due to excessive rains that affected the productivity of the country’s 53,000 hectares of planted area, increasing the incidence of black Sigatoka.

Despite this, the value of exports grew by 8.7 percent to $969.1 million compared to $891.8 million in 2022.

Speaking to Reuters, Emerson Aguirre, president of the Colombian association of banana producers Augura, said the increase in value was due to better marketing of the fruit.

«This year our goal is to increase our exports by at least 5 percent in volume«said Aguirre.

“We are also looking for a decent and fair price that guarantees the sustainability of the producer and increases our productivity by 5 percent.”

Productivity per hectare last year was 2,026 boxes per hectare, similar to that of 2022.

Bananas are the third agricultural export product after coffee and flowers.with 50,000 direct jobs, according to Augura.

Where does Colombia export bananas? The main export destinations for the fruit last year were the countries of the European Union with 66%, the United States with 17% and the United Kingdom with 14%, Aguirre stated.

In 2019, Colombia detected the Fusarium Tropical Race 4 fungus in the department of La Guajira, which causes the disease popularly known as Panama disease, which attacks the roots of the Cavendish banana variety, but is under control thanks to the implementation of a containment model.

This includes strict health control, stated the manager.

Which countries are the 5 largest banana exporters in the world? Colombia, the fifth world exporter of the fruit after Ecuador, Guatemala, the Philippines and Costa Rica, maintained its banana planted area at around 53,000 hectares in 2023.

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