The Association of Peruvian Pomegranate Producers (ProGranada) reported that the country had exported 39,305 tons of fresh pomegranate in the 2019 campaign, i.e. 15% more than the 34,242 tons exported in the previous year. The main destination for the Peruvian fresh pomegranate was Europe (Netherlands and United Kingdom), followed by Russia, Canada, and Egypt, among others.
According to the Association, the main exporter of fresh pomegranates was Ica with 29,201 tons (74.29% of the total). It was followed by Lima with 5,268 tons (13.4%), Arequipa with 3,815 tons (9.71%), Lambayeque with 899 tons (2.29%), Ancash with 120 tons (0.31%), and Pasco with 8 tons.
The general manager of ProGranadas, Sandro Farfan, said that the producers were working hart to better penetrate the international markets and that they expect more stable prices. He said they were waiting for the response of the Chinese government to enter that market. "For the past four years we've been carrying out tests to validate the quarantine cold treatment for China, we hope to export this year," he said.
He also said they wanted to improve the access of Peruvian pomegranate to the United States because the quarantine irradiation treatment that must be carried out in North American territory is very expensive and the logistics to reach the place where the treatment is applied are complicated and expensive. Thus, this year they will carry out cold treatment validation tests specifically for the North American market.
ProGranada works with Senasa for the entry of pomegranate into more than 14 markets, including China, Korea, Japan, and Mexico, among others.