Jose Cordero, of the Agro Natural Park SAC company, estimated that during this year Peru will export 10,000 to 12,000 tons of frozen strawberries from the approximately 2,800 hectares destined for the cultivation of this berry.
The main production regions are in Lima, Cañete, Barranca, Huaura, Huaral, La Libertad, Apurímac, Andahuaylas, Abancay, Cusco, Pasco, Chimbote, Trujillo, Huaraz, Arequipa, and Tacna.
He also said that strawberry producers of the valleys of the coast have installed 85% of their crops under gravity irrigation systems and 15% under technified irrigation systems. The predominant varieties are: Neutral Day (Aroma, San Andreas, Monterrey), and Short Day (Camarosa, Sabrina).
Due to its geographical location, Peru has great potential to be a leader in strawberry cultivation, since its soil and climatic conditions are better than those of Chile and California for the development of this crop. In addition, Peru has the advantage of producing strawberries all year round: the coast produces them from June to December and in the mountains, the production goes from November to August.
Strawberry consumption in Peru is in great demand and its commercialization is done through the national markets, wholesale market, supermarkets, and the frozen industry. Mebol SAC, Agropackers, Peruvians Agro Services SAC, Frio Center, Del Ande Alimentos SAC, Agricola Coyuma, and Agricola Chavin de Huantar are some of the companies that stand out in this industry.