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Kiwi crops don't take off in Peru

Peruvian consumers aren't very familiar with the kiwi fruit, however, due to its beneficial characteristics, such as its high content of antioxidants and vitamin C, the kiwi has a great demand worldwide.

This explains the large production volumes that China (1,765,847 tons), Italy (447,560 tons), New Zealand (382,337 tons), and Chile (255,758 tons) have. In Peru, however, this crop still hasn't flourished.

"A few plants have been brought to test them in Cusco, in an experimental phase. Some laboratories and nurseries have brought them, but they haven't had positive results," said William Daga, a specialist in fruit trees from Sierra and Selva Exportadora.

One of the factors that does not help this fruit develop in Peru is the country's climate. However, different companies continue to investigate and bring new varieties to see if one of them would work.

It's worth noting that in 2016, the AGAP noted that the kiwi (among other fruits) was one of the fresh products that could bring business opportunities for Peruvian agriculture, especially considering the expansion of the agricultural frontier in the coming years thanks to the irrigation projects.

Source: agraria.pe with information from worldatlas.com, elcomercio.pe and abc.es 

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