Peru will make its first shipment of blueberries to Taiwan, a market that was opened for this fruit thanks to the work carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), through the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa), and Taiwan's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection And Quarantine (BAPHIQ).
According to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the company Hortifrut - Peru SAC, located in Trujillo (La Libertad) will make the first shipment of blueberries to this destination. The company will ship a container with 7,800 boxes (11.7 tons) of blueberries of the Ventura variety. The cargo will be shipped on Friday, October 2, from the port of Paita, located in the city of Piura, and it will arrive at the port of Keelung approximately on October 29.
Taiwan has a market of more than 23 million potential consumers and now joins the main destinations where Peru sends its blueberries, which includes the United States, the Netherlands, China, and the United Kingdom, among other places.
Senasa's work to achieve the export of blueberries includes the post-entry quarantine of blueberry plants, sanitary and phytosanitary certification of the production sites, packing plants, and shipments, as well as carrying out integrated pest management, among other things. All these actions are necessary to comply with the demanding requirements and protocols established by national regulations and the NPPOs (National Phytosanitary Protection Organizations) of the importing country.
La Libertad, the largest producing region in the country
Currently, there are 7,326,009 hectares of blueberries certified by Senasa in La Libertad; an area that is in constant growth. The provinces of Viru, Trujillo, and Chepen are the main producing and exporting areas in La Libertad.
Blueberry exports in the July 2019-June 2020 campaign totaled 79.8 tons.