According to the projections of the Association of Producers of Hass Avocado of Peru (ProHass), the volume of Hass avocado for export will increase by nearly 23% in this campaign. The president of the association, Daniel Bustamante Canny, said they estimated that more than 360,000 tons were exported between February and September. However, he said, prices have fallen by 20% to 25% so far this year when compared to the same period in 2019.
In January and February - when the coronavirus pandemic had still not spread to all continents - the price of avocados increased. However, as of March, it suffered a constant decline, according to information from Agrodata Peru.
“Compared to last year, there has been a general decrease in prices. Prices have decreased because last year they were very good. In addition, in 2020 Peru and other countries have produced more avocado, and there was a contraction in the destination markets due to the closure of hotels and restaurants, which are large consumers,” Bustamante stated.
The president of ProHass also said that, since this was an atypical year, there would be less investment in new hectares of avocado cultivation, which in recent years increased at a rate of 1,500 to 2,000 hectares per year.
Source: Gestión / agraria.pe