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Ecuadorian banana producer association proposes halting production
A group of Ecuadorian banana producers have proposed to stop cutting bananas to prevent the sector collapsing due to the drop in prices. As El Universo reports, the move comes after the National Federation of Banana Producers of Ecuador (Fenabe) denounced the low prices exporters have paid for the past 4 weeks (below US$4 per box), despite the minimum bearable price being $6.25, which is itself lower than the 2020 level of $6.40.
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Ecuador’s banana imports slip in 2021
Ecuador’s banana exports in the first two months of 2021 slipped 2.9% compared to the same period in 2020, according to Acorbanec data. Of the 69.3 million boxes exported, 29.3% went to the EU, 20.6% to Russia, 12.8% to the US, 10.3% to the Middle East, 7.3% to Eastern Europe, 6.7% to Africa, 5.7% to the Southern Cone, and 4.9% to East Asia. The main falls were registered in shipments to the Middle East (-37.2%) and East Asia (-17.6%), as well as to Russia (-8.8%) and the EU (-5.3%).
Del Monte and Australian university research disease-resistant bananas
Del Monte has teamed up with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia to develop sustainable disease-resistant bananas. The main focus will be on breeding varieties with resistance to Tropical Race 4, a fungus that has blighted the world’s banana crops over the past decade. Del Monte’s involvement in this research is aimed at ensuring the industry’s long-term sustainability and overcoming the main challenges.
Ecuador sets new banana export record
Ecuador expects to set a new record for banana exports in 2020, despite the logistics obstacles caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first ten months of the year, the world’s number-one banana producer has shipped over 7% more volumes than in the same period of 2019, reaching over 315 million boxes. Data published by the Banana Marketing and Export Association (ACORBANEC) shows that the EU remains the main market for Ecuadorian bananas (26.9%), followed by Russia, the Middle East, the US, East Asia, the Southern Cone.