The Association of United Organic Banana Producers of Salitral (BOS), which is located in Sullana, Piura, plans to export 8,163,000 kilos of bananas this year (i.e. 450 thousand boxes of 18.14 kilos each).
The president of the Association, Milton Cesar Gonzales Ramirez, stated that the BOS normally dispatched 600 thousand boxes of bananas per year (10,884,000 kilos), and that the decrease in volume was due to the low yields that still persist due to effects of the Coastal El Niño in 2017.
"Before the productive yield was 1,200 boxes per hectare, but now we can only get 900 boxes per hectare," he said.
He added that the Association was comprised of 750 producers, who had a total of 500 hectares of banana, all with Fair Trade certification. They are also venturing into a new certificate to measure their carbon footprint.
Milton Gonzales said that the main markets destinations of the association are Germany, which acquires 40% of their exports; followed by France, the Netherlands, and the United States. He also stressed that Germany was the main destination for the bananas from Peru.
In addition, he said that the cooperative was looking at new markets, such as the Middle East, which he described as interesting because its inhabitants have a high purchasing power.
He also said that, to recover the productive performance, they were carrying out implementation work to help the soil, and an adequate agronomic management to obtain a greater production.
Regarding a possible coastal El Niño for this summer, he said that they would take preventive actions to reduce possible damage to exports.