The Hass avocado from Peru continues to make its way in international markets. According to the president of the Association of Hass Avocado Producers (Prohass), Daniel Bustamante, Colombia should be the next market to authorize imports of this fruit due to the considerable progress in sanitary efforts made in the country.
He also said that they were also making progress to open two important markets for avocado, Mexico and Australia. Bustamante said that exporting to Australia had logistical complications because it was so far from Peru, which would force exporters to only trade this fruit by air there, thus increasing prices.
Peru will, once again, achieve record levels
According to Bustamante, the start of the avocado campaign will be delayed two weeks as a result of the prevention measures against the coronavirus implemented in the country, which means it could start in the third week of this month.
However, he said, the sector still maintains its projections for this year's avocado production, which would allow recovering the record export levels reached in 2018, after having fallen in volumes last year.
In 2019, the value of Peruvian avocado exports grew by 4% due to the increase in international prices; however, the export volume contracted by 14% because the production was lower due to climatic effects.
Regarding the impact of the global health crisis on exports, Bustamante acknowledged that, although there is some uncertainty about the operation of ports in destination markets, the demand for Hass avocado is going to be more constant than demand for other products because of the avocado's nutritional properties and the people's interest in taking care of their diet in the current context.
"Citrus, avocado, and blueberries are in a very good position in the international markets in the current situation due to their nutritional properties," added the president of Prohass.