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17/08/2017

Colombia establishes itself as the third largest avocado exporter in the world

Reports from the Ministry of Trade indicate that export sales during this period increased by 34.8% as compared to the same period in 2016.

A bunch of avocados grown by a smallholder farmer near Palmira, southwestern Colombia.
With export sales in 2017 already reaching 13,500 tons valued at approximately $25 million, Colombia is currently the third largest avocado exporter in the world, behind Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

According to official reports, the rise in exports of this tropical fruit is a result of the opening of new markets, mainly in the United States and Europe with the hass variety.

Seeing as Colombia sold only $171,000 of the fruit in 1971, the cultivation of avocados, or palta as it's also called in South America, has advanced considerably within the country's agricultural production.
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Photo Credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT) (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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