An organization of small producers from Annape, in the Morrope district (Lambayeque), will market about 80 tons of organic bananas next month thanks to an initiative financed by the National Agrarian Innovation Program (PNIA), which disbursed around 300,000 Soles.
Giankarlos Vasquez, a member of the Empex KGR group (project formulator), stated that the producers of Annape had tested two banana varieties, the Great Dwarf and Williams varieties. "This last variety presented better results regarding its growth and planting density." The first harvest took one year, but the second one took place in five months and, in 2018, small producers sold 21 tons of bananas to an exporter from Piura.
The current production area is 2 hectares, but producers plan to expand it to 30 hectares. Vasquez stressed that associativity, the technical management of organic banana cultivation and commercialization were key to strengthen the productive chain.
Currently, organic banana production is aimed at the external markets, as the income achieved in these markets allows improving the living conditions of Annape farmers.