Peru: Custard apples for Hong Kong and Canada

The Association of Producers of Custard Apples of Lucumay, which is located in Huarochiri, in the region of Lima, made a shipment of fresh custard apples to Hong Kong and Canada, thanks to the commercial cooperation between the association of producers and exporters promoted by Sierra and Selva Exportadora.

The 600 kilo cargo of custard apples was sent to Hong Kong in the first week of August via air through the Agromer Processes of Peru company, while a ton of custard apples were sent to Canada by the Agrocosta company in the second week of August, stated the agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).

This organization is made up of 36 small producers who work on 200 hectares in the district of San Mateo de Otao, Huarochiri province, in the region of Lima. Since 2013, Sierra and Selva Exportadora gives them advice on improving product quality and implementing Good Agricultural Practice (GAP).

With the support of this institution, the producers have also gained a Procompite to implement a processing plant, a stock of 5,000 boxes for export, and the acquisition of two huaros (layettes for transporting people and cargo on rivers), to take the fruit from the fields to the road while maintaining the fruit's quality and reducing production costs. Thus, preparing new shipments to Canada and Spain.
Peru has 1,800 hectares of custard apples, 80% of which (1,200 hectares) are concentrated in San Mateo de Otao. Annual production amounts to 20,000 tons, approximately 12,000 to 14,000 tons of which are produced in the Lima region.

This fruit is produced in the villages of San Mateo de Otao-Cumbe, and the Valley of the Santa Eulalia River, which are located in the province of Huarochiri; in the town of Huanangui, located in the district of Leoncio Prado province of Huara, and in Arahuay, in the province of Canta.
Custard apple exports during 2015 amounted to US $660,000, i.e. 323.37% more than the $156,051 dollars exported in 2014. The main destination countries are Canada, Spain, and France.

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