totaled US$783 million in January 2019, thus increasing 20% over the same month last year, Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Gustavo Mostajo has informed.
According to the high-ranking official, the agro-exports boom
in the first month of this year was underpinned by greater sales of fruits and vegetables.
In this sense, the following products stood out: fresh grapes (US$289 million, +35%); unroasted non-decaf coffee
(US$70 million, +69%); fresh blueberries
(US$62 million, +115%); fresh asparagus (US$40 million, +5%); and fresh mangoes.
These five products accounted for 68% of the total exported products.
The main destinations were the United States, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Spain, China, Germany, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, Colombia, and South Korea.
Likewise, Minister Mostajo projected agro-exports
will near US$8 billion this year
, taking into account that the Government's goal by 2021 is to reach US$10 billion in food exports to the target markets.
Agreement with Chile
The official and his Chilean counterpart Antonio Walker on Thursday signed a framework interagency cooperation agreement on competitive agriculture and natural resource management.