Rome, Nov 10 – The United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) said that the presence of tropical fruits has increased in world trade.
FAO said that this year, export rates of mango, pineapple, avocado and papaya could exceed the value of $10 billion USD, according to estimates, which represents an encouraging prospect, because they are crops from developing countries and in many cases is the economic support for small farmers.
The total production of these four fruits, according to the biannual report Food Outlook, could reach 92 million tons this year, compared to 69 years ago.
The report said that 95 percent of that production is consumed in the area, but the increased incomes and the changes occurring in the preferences of consumers will probably lead to a growth in export rates.
The report indicates that main producers of tropical fruits are India, with 40 percent of mango production in the world, Costa Rica, which produces a good amount of pineapple in the world, as well as China and Brazil, while Mexico is the largest exporter.(Prensa Latina)