Up to October, blueberry beats records

Peru: Fruits and vegetables boost agricultural sector's exports

According to the Association of Agricultural Producers' Associations of Peru (AGAP), Peruvian agricultural exports, up to October 2018, registered a growth of 15% over the same period of the previous year and amounted to US $ 5.086 billion.

That result was mainly driven by the export of fresh fruits and vegetables (23%), equivalent to US $ 2.534 billion, they added.

Within this sub sector, fresh fruits had the best performance, as their export increased by 30% (US $ 2,158 million).

The main product export was Hass avocado with US $724 million (26%). It was followed by blueberry with US $381 million (57%), a figure that surpassed the amount achieved in all of 2017 (US $361 million).

The list also includes grapes with US $373 million (7%), mango with US $204 million (46%), organic bananas with US $142 million (14%), and pomegranates with US $67 million (12 %).

During this period, citrus exports amounted to US $183 million, while exports of Brazil nuts amounted to US $60 million (46%).

Other products that surpassed the exports of 2017 were passion fruit and watermelons with US $ 3 million each, as well as cherimoyas, dates, coconuts, and pineapples.

In the fresh vegetables sub sector, onion exports grew by 20%, and amounted to US $49 million between January and October 2018; while peas, capsicums, tomatoes and olives exceeded the amount achieved in 2017 by US $23 million, US $1.3 million, US $1 million, and US $0.2 million, respectively.

Asparagus continued to be the most exported vegetable during this period, with shipments of US $289 million.

Exports to Europe already exceeded the exports to that destination in 2017, going from US $1.141 billion to US $ 1.158 billion, while exports to Central America went from US $60 million to US $65 million, export to Oceania went from US $7 million to US $8 million, and exports to Africa increased from US $ 1 million to US $ 2 million.

Exports to North America, Asia, and South America increased by US $950 million, US $287 million, and US $57 million, respectively.

The United States continued to be the main market destination with US $908 million (18%). It was followed by the Netherlands with US $640 million (31% and more than last year), the United Kingdom with US $221 million (14%), China with US $89 million, South Korea with US $77 million (96%), and Hong Kong with US $75 million (7%).

It is important to highlight the contribution that cocoa and Peruvian coffee have had to the country's exports, with US $222 million (15%) and US $500 million, respectively.

Source: gestion.pe

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