Ecuador's Minister of Agriculture, Pedro Álava, will convene a Latin American summit on January 12 to establish a joint position on the high costs of banana production and to define strategies to combat the Fusarium oxysporum (Foc R4T) fungus in the region.
"In my capacity as Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador, I have summoned all my counterparts from Central and South America to the Latin American banana summit, which will be held online on January 12, 2022," Alava stated.
So far, the Ministers of Agriculture of Guatemala, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica have been invited to the summit.
According to Alava, the banana and other Musaceae producing sectors have been hit by the prices imposed by the large distribution chains that apply a series of quality controls and standards for producers, despite the rise in supplies and freight that make the activity more expensive.
"This is not recognized by the commercialization chains that sell the fruit at an excellent price, forgetting about those who sow, harvest, and export it," the minister said.
Last October, representatives of the banana sector from Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica expressed concern about the position of European, British, and American supermarkets to demand higher standards and lower prices for the fruit.
Those six countries also called for shared responsibility of the entire chain that intervenes in the fruit market and called on banana producers to unite to achieve the price revision in 2022.
The sector expects that a joint position of the fruit-producing countries at the January 12 summit will help them reach a better deal with the marketing chains.