Peru is currently the world's largest exporter of passion fruit. The main passion fruit production areas in Peru are Barranca, Chimbote, and Olmos. 70% of the production is sent to the industry and more than 90% of the fruit is exported as juices, concentrates, pulp, and nectars based on this fruit. In 2018, passion fruit exports amounted to $ 41 million dollars.
The Association of Exporters (Adex) has announced its intention to develop a work agenda to guarantee the genetic identity and varietal purity of this fruit so that the country maintains its export leadership and improves its production.
The INIA has been the first institution to join this initiative to strengthen the production chain, through germplasm collection and cleaning actions, the installation of experimental plots, and the selection of elite varieties for future reintegration into the field.
The association of exporters has recommended promoting the joint work between the public and private sectors and strengthening technical assistance in pruning practices, fertilization and phytosanitary management, evaluation of soils for fertilization, and proper agronomic management for plots. They also proposed training producers in the good use of agrochemicals to avoid the presence of residues that can generate rejections in shipments.
2nd Passion Fruit International Congress
The congress, which will take place on September 5 and 6 at the San Martin de Porres University in Chiclayo, will focus on issues related to genetics and safety in passion fruit cultivation, this product's potential in the agro-industrial market, the promotion of new Agronomic management technologies, new market trends, and other issues.
The companies that make up the organizing committee are Quicornac, AIB Agroindustrias, Selva Industrial, Agromar Industrial, and Arca Continental Lindley. The congress has the institutional support of the University of San Martin de Porres (USMP) and the Regional Government of Lambayeque.