Peru has succeeded in positioning itself as a major player in the citrus market, alongside China, Brazil, India, Mexico, the United States and Spain. Luis Olivares, president of ProCitrus, says that this has been achieved within the framework of the development of the Peruvian agricultural sector, which started two decades ago thanks to the Law for the Promotion of Agriculture, which has consolidated over the past 10 years. However, he believes that there is still a lot of work to be done.
The head of the growers' association said that in order to work in the long term and develop new concepts, such as sustainable cultivation, it is necessary to have clear rules. After all, fruit growing is a long-term process that starts with the preparation of the soil in order to plant crops and only yields its first fruit after four years. So there is little room for risk and there needs to be a clear normative framework for the sector.
“We hope that the Law for the Promotion of Agriculture will be renewed. This had already happened, but with the suspension of parliamentary activity, the executive did not sign the law. We hope that an emergency decision will be adopted as soon as possible so that Peru can continue on the right path," said Luis Olivares.
He also recalled that, due to its location in the southern hemisphere, Peru is attractive to investors from the northern hemisphere interested in having a year-round production in order to serve consumer markets without interruptions.