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Surinami banana producers unhappy

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Monday, 18 January 2010

Surinami banana producers unhappy

The organisation for the conservation of the banana sector in Suriname (SBBS), feels like it has been done for the second year in a row. Importer Univeg is buying bananas at unreasonably low prices, reports De Ware Tijd. This goes against all agreements. The last barrier to a better market price has just been removed. SBBS's two plantations now adhere to the highest food safety standards in Europe. Thus it was expected that Univeg would pay more. Since this will now not happen the plan has been changed. The partnership with Univeg will continue, but to maintain a balance a new market partner will join. SBBS will now at last make a profit after ten years of running at a loss. It must simplify the transformation from being state run to being privately run. Thirty million euros have been invested in privatisation in the last five years by the Government and the EU. According to chairman André Brahim at least the same amount of money is still needed. "If you look at the economic advantages, the business is worth saving."

Source: Fresh Plaza