Bogotá, Feb 18 (EFE) .- Colombia exported 7,812 million dollars in the agri-food chain during 2020, an increase of 7% compared to 2019 figures despite the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the market, they reported this Thursday official sources.
Colombian agri-food products reached 166 destinations with sales of over 10 billion dollars and had a share of close to 53% of the country’s total non-mining exports.
The United States was the main buyer in this sector and had a 37% share, as well as significant growth in products such as coffee derivatives, fish fillets, fresh fruits, and various food preparations.
“Today we can say that Colombia is on the way to being a food pantry for the world, as the FAO has well cataloged us by the potential of the arable area and the great variety of exportable supply and competitive factors such as production capacity almost every day of the year “, assured the president of the promotion agency ProColombia, Flavia Santoro.
According to the official, among the aspects that have been promoting agrifood exports is the health diplomacy strategy led by the ministries of Commerce and Agriculture with the National Institute for the Surveillance of Medicines and Food (Invima), the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) and ProColombia.
The good results are also due to the fact that the increase in conscious consumption has allowed “organic food products to prosper thanks to the consumer demand for products of sustainable origin,” the entity explained.
GROWTH IN SALES
After the United States, the main buyers of Colombian agri-food were the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
However, Japan had higher growth with 8% increase, mainly in purchases of fresh fruits and cocoa; Spain with 21%, with more than products such as palm oil, green coffee, bananas and fresh fruits, and Mexico with 29%, with more purchases of bakery and milling products, coffee derivatives and various food preparations.
“In recent months we have witnessed the first shipments, for example, of pork to the Ivory Coast and Hong Kong, the arrival of pineapple to Canada, the reopening of national beef to Chile, as well as the admissibility of avocado hass in this same market, “explained Santoro.
ProColombia stressed that despite the health emergency, the pandemic accelerated sales of groceries in e-commerce and demonstrated that it is important for consumers to continue buying food products that are healthy.
“Although single-use plastic, recyclability and food waste remain important issues in the food industry, the pandemic has shifted attention to corporate responses focused on social action, including supporting farmers and local communities. and vulnerable “, stressed ProColombia.