Brazil, one of the destinations for the Chinese garlic cultivated in the Peruvian department of Arequipa, has made a commercial agreement to purchase 150 tons of garlic per month this campaign. The agreement was made during the visit of the Brazilian commercial technical delegation to Arequipa's production region. They signed a commitment to buy six containers per month during the 4 to 5 months that the garlic campaign in the Valley of Tambo lasts.
The garlic production season will take place from August to December, and perhaps part of January of 2020, and its cultivation has been encouraged thanks to the Minister of Agriculture's Tambo Special Project. In the first year the region managed to export a container of 25 tons, and the associativity of the farmers was worked through the Aprimex and Asdetambo associations. One of the promoters is Jhonatan Bravo, a former worker of the Tambo Special Project, who invited the Brazilian authorities and the businessmen. "Producers are working to have a competitive garlic with a good quality. Currently production stands at 10 tons per hectare, but we expect it to increase to 12 tons," he said.
He also said that, given this demand from the Brazilian market, several farmers would return to the associations and that they had to get ready because the Chinese garlic was sold for 4 to 5 soles per kilo in Brazil last year, while it was only paid for 1 sol in Tambo. Therefore, the producers who managed to export recovered their investment and made profits.
Brazil's main garlic suppliers are China and Argentina, but Tambo can compete with them because it is closer and can be more competitive in that market.