Exports of cucurbits (melon, pumpkin and watermelon) that were significantly affected by the pandemic caused by the COVID-19, show a positive trend towards their recovery as a result of the existing prospects in the sowings as of November 2021.
According to information provided by producers and agro-export companies located in the provinces of Herrera, Los Santos, Coclé, Veraguas and Panama Oeste, It is estimated that for the Agricultural Cycle 2021-2022 the area planted with cucurbits for export is increased by one 52.20% compared to the same period last year.
Thomas Solis, National Director of Agribusiness of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (Mida), reported that items such as melon will increase its plantings by 22.32%, watermelon with seed by 25.15%, seedless watermelon by 86.21% and pumpkin by 69%, which will bring export results. of around 2,228 containers with an approximate value of $ 29,428,890.00 during the agricultural period 2021-2022.
“The recovery of these items represents in a significant way an opportunity to improve the quality of life of those who participate in this agro-export activity, generate employment for qualified and unskilled labor in productive areas, generate foreign exchange and improve income. of the workers among other things ”, he indicates.
To achieve these benefits, with the participation of Mida, producers and exporting companies, make efforts that contribute to the improvement of the activity from the point of view of quality, government support, and environmental conservation, among others.