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Peru plans to increase avocado exports next year

Next year, Peru plans to export about 132,000 metric tonnes of avocado, a 20% increase over this year's campaign, said the president of the consulting company Inform@ction, the engineer Fernando Cillóniz.

He explained that the increase would be due to the new and very extensive plantations of avocados that are on the coastal and mountainous areas of the country, which would generate a higher fruit production for export.

"There are new plantations all along the coast and the mountains. Those fields will go into production within three years. We also know that about a thousand acres are being planted a year. So we can confidently say that our production will increase," said the engineer.

He also noted that the weather conditions for the next campaign were going to be similar to this year's campaign and they were going to have a good production. "The weather is going to help us a lot next year. Plus, there are also good rains in the mountains. Nothing will stop us from, once again, increasing our production," said Cillóniz.

Inform@ction's president said that if the weather conditions weren't as good, as in 2012, when the winter was too warm for avocados, they would pay more attention to their crops with special emphasis when processing the fruit. "We had a warm winter in 2012 and that really affected us, but we didn't really treat the postharvest avocados with the due care and serenity that we should have. Now, we have learned how important it is to handle them with care, especially to process them quickly and carefully," said Fernando Cillóniz.


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