The Peruvian Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Jorge Montenegro, stated that Peru and Chile had reached an agreement to allow the extension of avocado producing areas of Peru that have access to the Chilean market, thus incorporating small producers in Ancash, Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cusco, and Huancavelica into the export chain. Chile has a potential of 18 million consumers, and the country's avocado consumption amounts to 8 kilograms a year per person.
To ensure that shipments meet the dry matter standards required by the importing country, a certification process will be implemented in coordination with the Association of Hass Avocado Producers from Peru (Prohass), said the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa).
At the same time, the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) of Chile will update the phytosanitary requirements for the export of Hass avocado from Peru on its website.
In 2019, Peru exported more than 312,000 tons of avocados, worth more than 748 million dollars, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).
Between January 1 and 19 of this year, the country has exported 1,242 tons of avocado. The Netherlands is the main destination market, followed by Chile, the United States, Spain, Russia, England, and the United States; these countries account for 85.49% of the total exported.
Peru is the world's second-biggest exporter of avocado, and Mexico is its main competitor.