The president of the Association of Hass Avocado Producers of Peru (ProHass), Daniel Bustamante Canny, stated that this year the country would surpass the 285,000 tons of Hass avocado it exported in 2019. This increase will be due to the new areas that will go into production, as well as to the increase in the productivity of the young plantations installed mainly in the Olmos region and in the mountains.
Bustamante said that, currently, the fruit was naturally falling in the main valleys. "The tree has to shed off certain fruits so that it can produce well, that period in which the fruit falls naturally ends in January, after that we'll be able to make a first real estimate."
He stressed that the precocity of the new productions in Olmos and the mountain would allow them to obtain important commercial volumes at the beginning of April or at the end of March, as long as the weather does not change and the fruit reaches the percentage of dry matter required by Senasa.
He also said that the destination markets were diversifying every year and that Asia and Latin America were now very important markets, even though they didn't send as much fruit to these markets as they did to Europe and North America. He also said they had received authorization to export Hass avocado to the markets of South Korea and Thailand and that they were working to continue opening more markets. Bustamante also said that some areas of the country, such as Lambayeque (where Olmos is located), which couldn't export to Chile, would be able to do so as of this year.