Complications for Peruvian avocados due to heavy rainfall

The heavy rains in Peru continue to affect various regions of the country, so much so that the Government has declared a state of emergency in several districts of the departments of Tumbes, Piura, Lamabayeque, Cajamarca and La Libertad due to the imminent danger of floods and landslides, which, according to the weather forecast, will continue for a period of 60 days more.

The repercussions expected in the harvests are serious and Peruvian producers are uncertain. In addition, avocado production has decreased by 5 to 10% and it is very difficult for trucks to access cultivation areas, such as in the north, to transport fresh avocado. Despite this, avocado sales continue.

This drop in production and the rains have caused local prices of fresh products to increase by up to 50 cents, not only in avocado prices but also in other fruits and vegetables.

Diana Sajami, the Manager of FCE Export Fruit SAC, stated that "the mango campaign in the region of Piura has already ended, so crops or shipments are not expected to be affected. However, in the department of Lambayeque, which is an important avocado production area, producers want to advance their crops due to the rain that is being forecast."

"Avocado producers want to sell their crops so they don't lose them, but their dry matter is not ready. In addition, the heat and humidity are very high, which makes it even more difficult to achieve a satisfactory harvest." Sajami assured that the producers who are not ready to harvest have no choice but to wait and pray so that the rains don't affect them until their harvest is ready.

According to Diana Sajami, the rains shouldn't pose much of a threat to other important crops in the area, such as Hass avocados, as they should be over by April, when these crops are harvested.

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