The general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus), Sergio del Castillo Valderrama, stated that Peruvian citrus exports would exceed 200,000 tons this year, growing by 5% compared to the 190,000 tons shipped in 2019. He also noted that this year the production of mandarins would recover compared to that of 2019 when there was less fruit due to this fruit's natural cycles.
He added that the projected growth would also be due to improvements in technological processes and citrus production practices.
The general manager of Procitrus said that they expected to open the markets of India, the Philippines, and Vietnam for Peruvian citrus this year.
The main citrus fruits that Peru exports are mandarins, which account for 80% of these shipments (approximately 160,000 tons); followed by lemons and limes, which have a 20% share (about 22,000 tons); oranges (12,000 tons), and grapefruits (between 1,000 and 1,500 tons).