According to the executive director of Cultivida, Carlos Rodríguez Koch, the explosive growth of the avocado and blueberry industry in Peru means that every year more hives are demanded for the pollination of crops. He explained that, in the case of avocado, pollination ensures that the productive yield increases by more than 30%; while, in the case of blueberries, pollination allows obtaining a high quality fruit.
He explained that in Peru there are approximately 35,000 hectares of avocado with 10 hives required per hectare. This comes to a demand for 350,000 hives are needed. In the case of blueberries, there are about 12,000 hectares and 4 hives are required per hectare, so 48,000 hives are necessary.
Carlos Rodríguez highlighted that a beekeeper not only obtains profitability with bee derivatives such as honey, jelly, propolis, among others, but also with the pollination service, which today is what generates the most income for them, since due to the difficulties of the pandemic, the levels of honey harvest have fallen.