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Peru: "We want to know what phytosanitary requirements our avocado did not meet to reach Asia"

Peruvian agricultural exporters analyzed their participation as suppliers of avocado in the world after the low price obtained by this fruit in the international markets in the last campaign. spoke with the president of Agrícola y Ganadera Chavin de Huantar, Mario Salazar, who said that the high production reached by Peru this year, which had an average yield of 25 to 30 tons of avocado per hectare, had contributed to lower the price of this product.

"We want to know if this fall in price was due to Peru's high offer of avocado, or if it was caused because global avocado consumption isn't growing as much as the production in our country," he said.

He said that one of the solutions in an scenario of overproduction is the industrialization of the fruit, which could be dispatched as frozen avocado, guacamole, pasta. "We could take advantage of the percentage of avocado that does not meet the aesthetic requirements to be dispatched as fresh fruit by giving it an added value," he said.

Improving shipments to China
Mario Salazar said that China was destined to be an escape valve before the saturation of other markets. However, this hasn't fully happened because only two out of every 15 containers sent to China can enter the country. The remaining thirteen containers can't enter the country due to phytosanitary problems, such as larvae, among other issues.

"We want to understand why things aren't working in China. We want to know what phytosanitary requirements we are not meeting to reach the Asian giant," he said.

Transnationals associate with Peruvian companies
At another point, he said that there were transnational companies interested in partnering with Peruvian agricultural export companies. He highlighted the cases of the Mission Produce company which invested in Peru, a case that was studied by Harvard University, as well as the alliance of Westphalia and Camet Trading.

"Transnational companies will continue associating with Peruvian companies for the next 10 years. We have to analyze this situation because the large and medium-sized companies in Peru are going to have to integrate anyway," he added.

Agribusiness breakfast
The president of Agricola y Ganadera Chavin de Huantar said that the Peruvian Agricultural Institute would hold an Agribusiness Breakfast, titled "Current status of avocado in Peru. Taking the leadership of avocado cultivation in the world," on November 10.

The event, which will take place at the Polo Hunt II Surco Business Center in Lima, will analyze the Peruvian avocado campaign in 2018, the trends for next year, the phytosanitary challenges that Peruvian fruit has to enter China, as well as the previously mentioned case of Mission Produce.


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