Peru: Organic banana exports grow by 19%

Peruvian organic banana exports to Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States have increased by 19%, reaching 143 million dollars in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to data supplied by the Banana Regional Technical Committee. 

The president of the Regional Technical Committee of Organic Bananas, Eng. Marcia Herrera Reto, announced that 9,637 containers of organic bananas have been exported annually to various international markets, reaching 188,000 tonnes.

This sector counts for more than 7,000 hectares, about 6,500 producers and more than 30,000 families benefiting through direct and indirect employment, and has recorded an average growth of 23% per year over the last 8 years.

Herrera Reto pointed out that most of the banana acreage has an organic, Global Gap and Trade certifications, and that the growth of exports in 2015 has been the result of both the large demand and the expansion of new plantations.

According to the office of the Banana Regional Technical Committee, foreign firms most frequently visit the north of the country given their interest in domestic products such as organic bananas, grapes and mangoes.

On 5 and 6 October, the 5th International Congress of Organic Bananas will be held in the auditorium of the National University of Piura.

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