In 2019, the Peruvian region of Arequipa is expected to export 8,000 tons of Hass and Zutano avocados that are certified by the National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA). So far this year, the entity attached to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), has already certified 1,800 tons of avocados that have accessed different markets, such as the Netherlands, the United States, Spain, and Chile. Recently the avocado produced in Arequipa also entered the Thai market.
The goal of the phytosanitary control carried out by the Senasa is to offer security to the international markets, and propitiate the opening of new destinations for the export of the avocado.
Producer certification means that the fruits are free of regulated pests, soil and other contaminants; in addition to being subjected to analysis of dry matter, which determines the condition of maturity of the fruit, which must range between 21.5% and 29% to be exported.
The process ends when Senasa issues the phytosanitary certificate for export, a document that ensures that the vegetable product complies with international regulations.