Peru: Blueberry production grew by 206% year-on-year between 2012 and 2018

According to data provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), the production of Peruvian blueberries grew at an annual average rate of 206% between 2012 and 2018. Due to demand from abroad, blueberries have become one of the benchmarks in agribusiness, which has prompted national producers to seek new logistics solutions, said the commercial manager of the Sealand shipping company, Silvia Cordova.

According to Minagri, the installed area of blueberries in the 2017-2018 agricultural campaign was 7,884 hectares. The largest area lies in the north of the country, in La Libertad and Lambayeque.

The commercial manager of Sealand, which belongs to Maersk, said that the current main destinations for the country's blueberries were Europe and the United States, as the most recurring ports of arrival are Rotterdam, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. However, he added that Asia is a market that is also growing with great dynamism.

Growing volumes
The Association of Blueberry Producers of Peru (Proarándanos), projected that Peru could become the largest exporter of blueberries worldwide in this campaign (August 2019-March 2020), surpassing Chile, which currently occupies this place.

According to the latest Scotiabank report, blueberry exports are projected to reach 830 million dollars during 2019, which would represent a 50% increase over 2018, when Peruvian exports of this fruit amounted to 548 million dollars.



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