Haiti is back on the map of banana exporting country


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Haiti is back on the map of banana exporting countries

In the coming months, the first containers of bananas Agritrans project will leave for Europe. A first since 1955. Year in which Haiti has exported this product for the last time. With this project, the country is not only back on the global map of banana exporting countries, but also hopes to find its place in a market dominated by giant India the world's largest producer of bananas to China and the Philippines.

The Agritrans project, first agricultural free trade area of ​​the country is 2 million seedlings that will soon be planted on a thousand hectares with an annual production of 60 000 tonnes. According to the law on free zones, 70% of this production will be exported as against 30% for the local market.

With 17 million tonnes of bananas in circulation - for a total production of 130 million tonnes, mainly consumed locally - international exhibitions of bananas in 2014, according to FAO data, about $ 7 billion per year.

For Jovenel Moses Agritrans responsible for the project, the banana is a mine, a source that never runs dry. It is harvested throughout the year. Now this is very popular around the world, do not leave the country for 60 years. Meanwhile, other countries in the region are engaged in this culture and profit handsomely from the mass of their currency it reports annually.

This is the case, among others, the Dominican Republic, where, according to data from the central bank, banana exports reached between 2011 and 2013, 69% of total exports of fruits. Making it one of the largest exporters of organic bananas in the region.

Jamaica also, according to the Journal of the Caribbean, has high hopes for the banana industry. Indeed, the Minister of Agriculture, Derrick Kellier, announced to the press that his country will embark on banana production, with an initial target of 381 hectares of land.

Never mind! Jovenel Moses everything feels completely equipped to deal with regional competition. "The project is supported by 1,000 acres of Agritrans, the North has an area of ​​65 000 hectares [...] In terms of arable land, we have nothing to envy to other producers in the level of the Caribbean" said one who admits that he intended to go tickle the Dominican Republic we import almost all the bananas we eat.

But Agritrans has another advantage. In the Caribbean, Haiti has an export quota for sale in Europe for various productions, alcohol or banana, etc. that the country has never used due to lack of production. "This project gives us the opportunity to start using the banana export quota," said Marie Carmelle Jean Marie, who, as a former Minister of Economy and Finance, has played an important role in culmination of this project.

Unless major disasters, exports of raw bananas to the old continent should take place in June this year. Or rather pear banana, to be precise. For among the three most popular types of bananas in Haiti, namely "bannann poban", "bannann Miske" or plantain - particularly used by the merchant fries them - and dessert banana, pear banana commonly known, only the last is exportable.


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they shoud leave banana alone. and focus on other cash crops. like coffee, and cocoa.
Ayiti is in the stone age when it comes to exportation of goods. Plus their farmland is poorly managed and the soil is inferior. It's as if they've never heard of crop rotation and irrigation there.

Coffee, Cacao, Coconut-based products, Moringa, Noni, etc... Better for exports. Diversify your exports.

The Haitian bananas will be overlooked by more reliable banana exporters anyways (Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, etc...)