The manager of the Organic Banana Agroindustrial Innovation Project, Karlhos Quinde Rodriguez, stated that the production and export of organic bananas from Piura, the main producing region of this product, had experienced a reduction due to the lack of investment projects and the emergence of new markets. He also said that the disasters generated by the rains associated with the meteorological phenomenon of El Niño had caused serious consequences to the foreign trade of this product, causing the emergence of more competition.
According to Quinde, organic banana producers went from exporting 220 containers per week to just 170, so annual revenues decreased from US $200 million to 167 million.
The Agricultural Cooperative APBOSMAN and CEDEPAS NORTE, with the financing of the Swiss Cooperation and Helvetas Peru, will promote the Organic Banana Agroindustrial Innovation which aims to improve productivity and quality of fresh organic bananas. This work will involve 4,000 organic banana producers, organized in 16 associations in the provinces of Morropon, Paita, Piura, and Sullana.
Part of the financing granted will allow producers to implement innovative technologies that increase production levels per hectare, prevent and control pests and diseases, and improve the post-harvest quality of organic bananas for export. The project also focuses on adapting and mitigating climate change through the measurement and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste.
The project will increase production by 3,714 hectares located in the valleys of Alto Piura, Bajo Chira, Chira, San Lorenzo.