Opportunities for sustainable banana production in Colima

Opportunities for sustainable banana production in Colima

According to Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura, bananas are grown in more than 130 countries, with a production volume of 125.3 million tons, with India in first place, with 30.4 million tonnes in 2017, representing 24.3% of total production.

During 2016, 1 out of every 5 tons of bananas produced in Mexico was destined for the foreign market. World exports reached just over 21.9 million tons, while domestic exports represented 21.1%, with a value of US$195.8 million.

According to Servicio de Información Agroalimentaria y Pesquera (SIAP) 2017, in Mexico, per capita consumption is 15.7 kg, with a positive trade balance of US$195.5 million.

Mexico participates with 2.2 million, representing 2.2% of world volume, and ranks 12th place. The largest production is in the south-southeast region of the country, due to adequate geographical conditions for the production of the crop.

In 2017 the state of Colima ranked 4th in banana production, with a production of 178,487 tons, representing 8% of national production in a cultivated area of 6,027, distributed in five municipalities of the state.