The increase in blueberry production in Peru in the last decade has been so considerable that it has positioned the country as the world's largest exporter of this fruit.
According to data from the Association of Blueberry Producers of Peru (Proarandanos), in the 2015/16 season, Peru had 2,424 hectares of blueberries installed. Four years later (2019/2020) that area had quadrupled to 10,936 hectares.
In this campaign (2020/2021), the surface is expected to increase by 35% over the previous campaign, reaching 14,789 hectares.
The greatest expansion of the crop is taking place in the northern areas of the country, mainly in Chavimochic (La Libertad), Olmos (Lambayeque), and Piura.
According to estimates, there will be some 1,400 new hectares in Olmos before the end of 2020. Piura plans to install 300 to 400 hectares, both in soil and in pots.
The director of Proarandanos and general manager of Valle y Pampa, Miguel Bentin, is cautious in this regard. "We must verify whether this growth is entirely an expansion of the agricultural frontier, or if it is also a substitution of varieties. Being guided by blueberry import statistics or by blueberry plant production can be misleading; it might be that someone replaces their 1,000 hectares with another or other varieties," he said.
Source: Redagrícola / agraria.pe