Bananas have been prominent in the export markets in recent years, especially in high-value markets such as North America, Europe, and Asia, thanks to their high content of vitamins, proteins, and potassium.
Carlos Orellana, a specialist in this crop, highlighted the business value of organic bananas, whose demand is growing worldwide, in a market that Peru is well positioned in thanks to the great qualities that help it differentiate itself.
"Peru's environmental conditions are unique and lend themselves to the production of organic bananas, most of which is concentrated in Piura, a small part in Tumbes, and other neighboring regions," he said.
"Ecuador also grows bananas but it is very difficult for them to grow organic bananas because the environmental conditions there are favorable for the black Sigatoka disease. This pathology, which is the most devastating disease for this crop and can only be controlled with chemicals, doesn't exist in Peru because there are no conditions for the development of this disease. Peru has unique environmental conditions. That is the big point in favor that the crop has to be classified as organic."
Orellana, of Ecuadorian origin, recognizes the differences between the production conditions of both countries and the potential that there is to take advantage of the organic segment, especially in the European market, and the tariff advantages that Peru has thanks to the FTA with the EU, which have helped it to become the leading exporter of organic bananas for Europe.
Asked about the aspects that the Peruvian industry should improve, he said that the infrastructure of the packing plants should be improved so that, for example, the process known as 'deslechado' can be carried out in good-sized tubs.
In addition, he said, they need greater support in scientific research in nutrition and phytopathological aspects, as other countries that aspire to become important players in this market do.
Carlos Orellana will participate as an exhibitor in the V International Organic Banana Course to be held in Lima along with other specialists from Ecuador and Peru to address issues of production, crop management, marketing and market trends. The event will take place on May 25 at the AOP Club Auditorium in the district of Ate.
Those interested in participating must register here.