Peru exported 144 thousand tons of sweet onions (6 thousand containers with 24 tons each) in the campaign that lasted between July 2018 and January 2019; a similar volume to that shipped in the previous campaign.
This was stated by the General Manager of Key Perú, Miguel Ognio Gómez, who said that of the total volume dispatched, 90% went to the United States and the rest to Europe and Latin America.
He added that Peru has around 3,500 hectares devoted to sweet onion cultivation, with Ica and Lima as the main producing regions. He also said that there are about 30 companies that are dedicated to the export of this crop.
Miguel Ognio said that his company exported around 14,500 tons (20% of the total dispatched by the country). Key Perú has 450 hectares devoted to sweet onion cultivation in Ica.
Challenge for the sector
He also explained that sweet onion is a niche product; however, it is increasingly difficult for the producer to make a profit, since production costs are on the rise, but the sale price has a tendency to fall.
"There are some products, such as blueberries, grapes or avocados, which can withstand high freight costs, but other products, such as sweet onions, cannot, since the profit margins are almost non-existent. Trying to become more efficient in the production of sweet onions is a necessity for the future of this crop," he concluded.