El Deber reports:
Argentina was the main Bolivian banana market in 2016
Nine out of ten bananas produced for export were destined for the Argentine territory, according to IBCE data.
Argentina was the main market for bananas produced in Bolivia in 2016, concentrating 96.4% of fruit exports, the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade (IBCE) reported today.
With data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), IBCE, which is an entity for the analysis of foreign trade, said in a statement that in addition to Argentina, other markets for Bolivian bananas were Uruguay (2.9%), Chile 0.6%) and Peru (0.1%).
In 2016, sales of 128,408 tons of that fruit abroad reached a value of 35 million dollars, the report indicates.
98% of Bolivian banana exports originated in the central area of the Chapare or Cochabamba tropic and the cargo exited mainly through the town of Pocitos, on the border with Argentina.
The value of banana sales fell 25% in January compared to the same month in 2016, from 4.2 million dollars to 3.2 million, according to the same source.
In the last five years, Bolivian exports of bananas increased in 2015, with 38 million dollars from the sale of more than 133,000 tons.
It is refreshing to see evidence that alternative development to coca leaves has worked, despite de numerous months wasted in road blockades, threats to farmers by the “coca” leaders who always resented the idea of growing other crops in the Chapare.
Bolivia still struggles with road blockades, narcotrafficking, land ownership but certainly, produce like bananas and pineapple can compete and provide pride to those farmers who do not want to be immersed in the cocaine production and trade.