The banana among the fruits and the potato among the vegetables were the most commercialized products during the first year of activities in the Metropolitan Agrifood Unit (UAM).
Considering all the fruits marketed during 2021, the banana with 43,032 tons meant 11.5% and almost doubles the tonnage of the orange, which occupies the second place in the ranking.
In the case of the most commercialized vegetables, the potato leads with 81,220 tons (21.6%), almost four times more than the tomato, which is in the second box with 5.5% given the placement of 20,605 tons.
Considering the list of 10 fruits and vegetables that can be seen below, only the banana is imported in its entirety.
The banana, on the other hand, accounts for 90% of imports of exotic fruits and vegetables to the country.
The UAM released a report in which it establishes that, With 375,422 tons, 63% of the total commercialization of fruit and vegetables at the national level is carried out through the new marketlocated in the rural area of Montevideo, near the intersection of Route 5 with Camino Pérez.
The approximate value of the total marketing of fruits and vegetables was US$ 304 million.
Camilo dos Santos
Some 7,000 people, on average, use the UAM facilities every day.
The analysis, which exposes the general data of the activity that took place in said wholesale and retail marketing center during 2021 (the inauguration of the UAM took place in February of that year), considers that In a space of 95 hectares, 670 operators carried out their activities during 6,140 hours of commercial operations.
The UAM was visited by 2 million people, having confirmed the entry of 780,000 vehicles and a record of 7,000 people linked to daily operations (operators, producers, dependent and independent workers, buyers, carriers and others).
The report further revealed that Canelones leads the referral of products with 34.6% and is followed by Salto, with 25.9%.
Potato, one of the two most commercialized products.
The apparent consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by Uruguayans, estimated by the UAM, is 311 grams per day, below the 400 grams recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO); In both cases, the consumption of potatoes and sweet potatoes is not taken into account.
Camilo dos Santos
The new market was inaugurated in February 2021.