Monday, March 23, 2009

Non-Traditional Agriproducts Promoted

The Agritrade fair, organized by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) was held last week to promote and increase the volume of exports of non-traditional agricultural products.

In the exhibition, which took place in Antigua Guatemala, 120 exhibitors from horticultural products, plants and cut flowers, fruits, vegetables, and other products, will meet and do business with more than 65 international buyers from USA, Europe and Central America.

During the opening, the president of Agexport, Carlos Amador, stressed the importance of tourism for Guatemalan exports, especially in the international economic crisis, since agricultural products are necessities and therefore are businesses that continue booming. Amador called the show "innovative", and stressed the high quality of products being marketed there.

President Alvaro Colom was present at the opening breakfast, and congratulated Agexport for the work that has developed over its 27 years, referring to it as "healthy, strong, entrepreneurial, with an incubation of leadership that has generated so many great ministers, deputy ministers, ambassadors, and even a president."

Colom said that "due to its climate and land in Guatemala, you can plant virtually any product and we must be aggressive to take advantage of these natural features of our country."

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