Nicaragua: Export Opportunities in Tubers
Although there is growth in the export growth of tubers such as malanga and taro, the activity is far away from tapping the export potential of the $40-$50 million estimated by the producers.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Foreign sales of roots and tubers such as malanga and taro in the first quarter of 2012 grew from $1.8 million in the period from January to March 2011, to $2.3 million in the same period in 2012. In 2011 exports of root crops reached $8 million, up from the $7.4 million of 2010.
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Before July 2013 roots and tubers packaging plants must obtain health certification from the HACCP, in order to continue exporting to the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Nicaraguan roots and tubers are now being packed in the country with export volumes increasing year on year, mainly going to the United States and Puerto Rico.
The Honduran company Agrícola MC is looking for producers with growth potential in 2014 to increase the supply of taro to the United States.
Small producers have started exporting taro, cassava, quiquisque and ginger to the Caribbean island, which buys from Nicaragua some $45 million worth of products per year.
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