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Despite a 7 percent increase in banana imports from Ecuador and a 9 percent increase in supplies from Guatemala from January to August, the Russian market decreased its overall banana purchases by 5 percent.

Thirty-nine thousand participants attended this year's Macfrut conference in Rimini, Italy, to discuss current and future prospects for trade and cooperation between nations of the European Union, countries of South America, Central America and Iran.

Mexico's Ambassador to Russia Ruben Beltran said that exporters in Mexico have already sent six batches of bananas in its first shipment to Russia, according to a news report by RIA Novosti.

Ecuador's Ambassador to Russia, Patricio Alberto Chavez Zavala, while leading a delegation of Ecuadorian entrepreneurs in Yekaterinburg, Russia, said that only 20 percent of the trade potential between the two countries is currently being utilized.

This information was included in a report by ITAR-TASS, quoting Head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Sergey Dankvert.

Countries around the world have been experiencing shortages of banana produce since the spread of a disease that affects the most popular variety of bananas, as reported by ITAR-TASS (or Information Telegraph Agency of Russia) news agency.

The operator of the retail chain Magnit,– also known as JSC Tander - has the largest share of banana imports, accounting for 21 percent of the market in February - a 4 percent on-the-month increase, according to Banana Statistics of Ecuador (Bananastat).