In his talk at the opening of the International Blueberry Month, director of Proarandanos Miguel Bentín spoke on the projections for the 2020/2021 blueberry season, and which corresponds to a volume of 171.160.573 kg. When met, this would mean an increase of 42,5% compared to last season.
The producer and pioneer of the Peruvian industry highlighted the accelerated growth of blueberry cultivation in the last 8 years in his country, which has gone from 70 hectares in 2012 to an estimated 14 thousand hectares in 2020, with a planting speed of 1.500 hectares per year. "This accelerated growth has been in areas and investment," he explains.
Reasons for growth
This growth translates into an increase from 1.400 tons in the 2013/2014 season, to 118.000 in the 2019/2020 season, and 171.000 projected for 2021. “I would say that the reasons that have driven this have been basically two, in the first place , the opportunities that there have been for the cultivation, and also the experience that the Peruvian industry had in crops that were not native, so it was able to adapt it successfully. This previous experience pushed Peru to look at diversification with much better eyes and we saw that it was possible to develop our portfolio and expand our offer with blueberries,” Bentín said.
Bentín also highlighted the geographical and climatic conditions as being "very favorable compared to the rest of the productive regions, not only to the nearby regions." This allows the development of an industry and a fairly planned season "because we are not repeatedly affected by important climatic factors that are disruptive to production, such as excessive rain or frost".