Colombia's banana losses prompt government aid
Roberto Hoyos, manager of national banana union Augura, told the website that farmers were hopeful after President Juan Manuel Santos made a recent visit to the Uraba Antioqueño region.
It is expected that government-owned Banco Agrario will acquit growers in the area from the need to pay duties, with the added possibility of a line of credit to assist production.
In November the Colombian government decided to borrow a $150 million emergency loan from the World Bank to cope with the disaster.
But despite the extreme weather Colombian banana growers predict annual production will only fall by 3%, RCN Noticias reported.