Businessmen from Japan, Korea, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Colombia went to Cali for the celebration of the “Connect with the Port of Buenaventura and the Agroindustrial Potential of Valle del Cauca” Avocado Tour, to learn about the offer of the Valle del Cauca region and its possibilities.
The arrival in the last three years of foreign companies from Peru, Chile, the United States, and Mexico that are dedicated to the cultivation of Hass avocado to the Valle del Cauca reaffirms the great potential that the Colombian Department has for the whole chain of this fruit, making it one of the appropriate places for the establishment of this type of agro-industrial projects.
Some of the companies that have recently invested in establishing avocado crops in the Valle del Cauca, in the municipalities of Sevilla, El Dovio, Versalles, Caicedonia, Trujillo, Argeria, and Bolivar, are Camposol (Peru), Green Fruit Avocados (United States), Agrogénesis (Peru), and Agricola Ocoa (Chile), among others.
Valle del Cauca, which only accounts for 1.9% of the national territory, contributes 22% of the country's agribusiness sales. It is the largest agricultural producer in Colombia, with a production of 22.23 million tons, approximately 40.6% of the country's total production.
The Valle del Cauca is the second department, after Antioquia, with the largest area of land available and suitable for the cultivation of Hass avocado. It has more than 123,000 hectares suitable for this crop and it's ranked as the fourth biggest avocado producer in the country.
Due to its location between the Central and Western mountain ranges, more than 65% of the Valley's lands are located between 1,100 and 2,100 meters above the sea level, which means it has a great variety of thermal levels that facilitate the development of different fruit and vegetable crops, including Hass avocados.
Mexican companies have set their sights on the region and in the coming days, a commission from the Valle will start talks with Mexican businessmen.