Plantain wholesalers in the province of Los Ríos (Ecuador) ensure that the product has been scarce in the last three weeks. Aurelio Mendez Calderon said before he used to get 150 bunches per week for his business, but now he only gets between 40 and 50 due to scarcity.
The dealer explained that the currently cold temperatures in the coast region do not allow the fruit to grow. The shortage raised the price of the fruit because of this situation. Carlos Jijon, also dedicated to Babahoyo banana trade, said currently they bring the product from Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas in smaller quantities and they are charged values between seven and eight dollars for the product.
Wholesaler Mario Nelson states that plantains come from the counties bordering the province of Guayas and Bolivar. (BG)