According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, 192 phytosanitary certifications for the export of fresh figs from the sectors of La Carbonera and Nepeña Valley, in the Peruvian region of Ancash, have been registered during the current campaign. In 2019 this region has exported more than 347,000 kilograms of fresh figs to international markets, such as the United States, Canada, Dubai, and the European Union.
Senasa is the agricultural health authority responsible for inspecting the fresh fruit, prior to shipment, to ensure it has no quarantine pests in accordance with the protocols established for each country of destination. For example, the fruit destined for the North American market must undergo irradiation treatment (in the country of destination), to mitigate the risk associated with quarantine pests.
Peru's traditional and non-traditional agricultural product exports have shown sustained growth in recent years, a trend that allows the country to have a more competitive exportable supply and helps to consolidate and open international markets.
The province of Santa, in the department of Ancash, has 300 hectares devoted to the production of fresh figs, which are harvested by the Exportadora Frutícola del Sur and Fundo La Kiarita companies. Figs have many beneficial properties for our body and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO, recommends their consumption.