In November 2018, the agricultural sector's production was 5.20% higher than in the same month of 2017 due to the increased production of agricultural export crops, which had a positive impact on the performance of this sector, reported the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI).
The INEI highlighted the increase in production of bananas, tomatoes, grapes, cocoa, and paprika.
In November of last year, the banana production volume reached 188 thousand tons, i.e. 9.32% more than in November of 2017. The departments that stood out for their production included Loreto (0.50%), Ucayali (6.54%), Piura (39.78%), Huanuco (4.33%) and Junin (14.66%), which together contributed 50% of the total production.
The volume exported amounted to 17,820 tons and the main destinations were the Netherlands (5,914 tons), the United States of America (4,772 tons), Germany (2,495 tons) and Panama (1,184 tons), which accounted for 86% of the total volume exported.
In November 2018, grape production amounted to 104,011 tons, 3.60% higher than in November 2017, thanks to the higher temperatures that favored the development of this crop. The main grape producing centers were located in the departments of Piura (2.64%), Ica (6.89%), La Libertad (15.87%), and Cajamarca (1,133.33%).
Fresh grape exports amounted to 69,711 tons, i.e. 62.80% more than in November 2017. This greater demand was mainly oriented to the Netherlands (18,473 tons), the United States of America (13,803 tons), the United Kingdom (9,667 tons) and Indonesia (1,366 tons).
It should be noted that Peru has established itself as the fifth biggest exporter of grapes in the world, which has allowed it to successful enter approximately 40 international markets.
In November of last year, paprika production stood at 1,534 tons, a growth of 54.71% due to the increase in production in the departments of Lima (163.81%), Piura (941.18%), and Ica (6.56%).
This product's export level increased to 1,755 tons, i.e. 15.31% more than in November 2017. The countries that registered the highest demand for paprika were the United States of America, Mexico, Spain and Guatemala.
Blueberry production stood at 18,567 tons, i.e. 6,163 tons or 50% more than in November 2017. This increase was the result of having more production areas, mainly in La Libertad (64.06%), which is the first producing department, and Lambayeque (26.67%).
However, production decreased in Lima (-31.60%), Ica (-55.29%), and Ancash (-64%).
Blueberry exports amounted to 13,104 tons, which is 33.63% more than in November 2017. This growing demand was led by the United States of America, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
The INEI announced that tomato production increased by 21.35%, driven by the larger cultivated areas. This behavior was associated with the higher production reported in the main producing departments: Ica (39.42%), Ancash (163.84%), and San Martin (46.10%).