Colombia expects to export a thousand tons of cape gooseberries to the United States and Europe this season. This volume would be thirty three percent higher than the volume shipped in 2018, which is why the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), the National Association of Foreign Trade (Analdex), and Colombia's Horticultural Association (Asohofrucol), have traced the goal of increasing production to take advantage of this market.
Currently, the ICA has 23 farms totaling 57.1 hectares to produce cape gooseberry and five packing plants in the departments of Cundinamarca and Boyaca.
Support for the sector
At the beginning of this year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development of Boyaca distributed supplies for the establishment of cape gooseberry crops, collaborating with the association of agricultural producers of the municipality of Ramiquiri (Asproagro), an organization that currently has 45 families producing the fruit.
In order to strengthen cape gooseberry production and improve Good Agricultural Practices processes in Boyaca, the government delivered fertilizer crops, wire for tutoring, baskets and 30 stationary pumps to the beneficiaries.
According to data from Procolombia, in 2018, European countries and Canada were the largest recipients of Colombian cape gooseberry.
The Netherlands and Germany made purchases of this fruit for more than 11 million dollars between January and May of 2018. The United States acquired just over 1.4 million dollars and Canada almost 700,000 dollars.