Peruvian table grape exports will increase again this year, although, according to Carlos Zamorano, the general manager of the Association of Table Grape Producers (Provid), they will only grow by 3% to 5% and not 15% as had been initially projected.
“There have been productivity issues in the north, as well as pest problems such as fruit flies. In addition, the south is a bit late. We still have a campaign month left. It's quite difficult knowing how it'll end,” he said.
Zamorano said that more than 20,000 hectares of table grapes had been planted during this campaign, which would mean shipments of about 50 million boxes of 8.2 kg table grapes abroad.
"The projections were quite good before the campaign. Last year we achieved shipments for 860 million dollars. The goal for this year was to approach 1 billion. However, with the problems we have had, I estimate that we will exceed 900 million dollars in shipments, achieving positive growth," he said.
The main problem recorded during this campaign, he stated, has been the varietal change. New grape varieties have been planted in many cases and it will take time for them to reach their best productivity yields.
Zamorano also said that, despite the health situation in China, shipments of Peruvian table grapes are being carried out normally. However, table grape producers are already preparing in case there is a problem.
“We have worked with Senasa to anticipate the possibility of changing the phytosanitary certificates that are required. I have not received any important statements about containers. However, if something happens, it could affect southern production,” he added.
Source: gestion.pe/ agraria.pe