Canadian businessmen, encouraged by the benefits of the newly implemented Free Trade agreement (FTA)with Panama, are studying the benefits of investing in local agriculture.
A group from Canada recently visited farms in Cocle and Los Santos and according to Johnnie Sbrocci, of C.O.D. Fresh, they are evaluating whether to import papaya and some tubers next year. Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, José Pacheco, said the visiting companies were willing to invest in the country exploiting the advantages of the FTA) with Canada. The arrival of these investors to the country is the result of business tours and producer participation in trade fairs and missions , said the National Export Director, Irma Chong.
The companies visited by members of C.O.D. Fresh were Asprato, Mundex, Latin Fruit, Finca Reginia Díaz and Estrella agrícola.