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Peru has 196 exporters of Hass avocado

According to Agrodata figures, in 2019 Peruvian avocado exports totaled 746 million dollars at an average price of 2.40 dollars/kilo, positioning Peru as the world's second-biggest exporter of Hass avocado, only surpassed by Mexico.

Currently, there are 196 Peruvian companies that export this crop. The leading exporters of Hass avocado in 2019 were Avocado Packing Company SAC with 84 million dollars, Drokasa with 60 million dollars, and Agricola Cerro Prieto with 54 million dollars. Camposol's sales decreased to 48 million dollars when in 2018 it achieved sales for 99 million.

Projections for 2020
Daniel Bustamente, the president of the Association of Hass Avocado Producers (Prohass), estimated that up to 3,000 new hectares of this crop would be integrated into production this year. However, he said, these new hectares won't have an immediate impact on production as they will only begin to be harvested in approximately three years since because they are long-term crops.

In addition, he said, they expect production to recover this year. “The country exported 290,000 tons in 2019, that is 17% less than in 2018,” Bustamante said. However, he added, it is still too early to estimate the total production.

He also said they expected prices would stabilize. "We won't have the price we had last year, which was a record year for avocado prices," the executive said.

Moreover, he said that they had noticed a very positive phenomenon in the areas of Lambayaque, where the avocado season, which runs from March to September, is going to start earlier than usual due to climatic reasons. Bustamante mentioned that this production advance will allow Peruvian agro-exporters to position themselves in the international market.

New markets
The country expects to open the Korean and Thai markets this year, and to send more fruit to Chile, thanks to the agreement reached by the Peruvian and Chilean governments to incorporate small producers of Ancash, Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cusco, and Huancavelica in the avocado export chain to that country.



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