In the framework of the 39th National Agricultural Congress of the Society of Farmers of Colombia (SAC), the Minister of Agriculture, Andrés Valencia, announced the opening of the Japanese market for Colombian Hass avocado. The first shipment of this fruit, which consists of 18.3 tons of avocados produced in the Coffee Axis and the Valle del Cauca, will depart today from the port of Buenaventura to Yokohama.
The main producing departments in Colombia are Tolima, Antioquia, Caldas, Santander, Bolivar, Cesar, Valle del Cauca, and Quindio. They account for 86% of the total area planted with avocado in the country, which amounts to 20,000 hectares and produces 148,400 tons of avocados.
According to the general manager of the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), Deyanira Barrero Leon, new Hass avocado markets and exports have grown by more than 48% in 2019. "Improving the phytosanitary conditions in each property is the key to enter markets as demanding as the Japanese market," she said.
According to the ministry, Colombia is the fourth largest avocado producer in the world. In fact, so far this year, the country has exported 35,760 tons worth $71 million dollars to 17 countries. In the same period of 2018, the country exported 22,450 tons for 49 million dollars. The main destinations for Colombian Hass avocado are the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and France, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture.
The export of this cargo is part of the country's attempts to introduce this fruit into Asian markets. Last September, the Government announced that it was processing its entrance to South Korea.