Panama expects to export 52% more melon, watermelon, and squash this season
According to Panama's Ministry of Agricultural Development (Mides), after being significantly affected by the pandemic, the country's melon, squash, and watermelon exports are starting to show a positive trend towards their recovery.
Based on the information provided by producers and agro-export companies located in the provinces of Herrera, Los Santos, Cocle, Veraguas, and Panama Oeste, the Mides estimated that the area planted with these species in the 2021-2022 agricultural cycle would increase by 52.20% over the previous cycle.
Melon planting will increase by 22.32%, watermelon with seeds by 25.15%, seedless watermelon by 86.21%, and squash by 69%. According to Tomas Solis, the Mides' National Director of Agribusiness, as a result of this growth in production, the country will export nearly 2,228 containers worth approximately B/. 29,428,890.00 in the 2021-2022 campaign.
“The recovery of these items is a significant opportunity to improve the quality of life of the people that participate in this agro-export activity, to generate employment in productive areas, to generate foreign exchange, and to improve the income of workers, among other things,” the Ministry highlighted.