According to forecasts, there will be a significant increase in the area that Peru destines for the cultivation of berries in the next few years. In the opinion of Gonzalo Casavilca Lozano, the product representative of Yara Peru, raspberry is will soon become the country's new agricultural export star product. To date, producers are carrying out experimental cultivation tests in the mountains and on the coast of the country.
Peru's raspberry production season takes place in the months of January, February, March, November, and December on the coast; and all year in the mountains.
Meanwhile, other products, such as walnuts, have presented developments and have their export has the potential to grow, with pilot stages in Ica.
The departments of Ica, Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad account for 83% of Peru's grape production. Currently, the country produces an average of 21 to 22 tons of grapes per hectare and with an adequate nutrition and modernization program it could produce about 25 tons per hectare, the executive said.
In the case of avocado crops, the country could reach 20 tons, he added. The largest national production comes from La Libertad, Ica, Lima, and Junin.
According to Yara Peru, the country is expected to have 30,000 hectares devoted to asparagus for export by 2025.
The area devoted to table grapes would amount to 29,000 hectares. "We expect to have a cultivable supply of 39,500 hectares of avocado, 19,000 hectares of mandarins, and 17,000 hectares of blueberries," Casavilca stated.
Yara has four logistics centers in Peru and the company has been investing in coordination and better deliveries to its clients. Casavilca said that each client seeks to schedule his deliveries using technical tools to avoid delays in orders.