In the framework of a visit to the SAG-USDA Inspection Site of Coquimbo, deputy Francisco Eguiguren, the Regional Minister of Agriculture, Rodrigo Ordenes, and the regional director of the Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG, Jorge Navarro, reported that the blueberry exports from this region in the 2019-2020 campaign had increased by 32% over the previous season, totaling 2,559 tons.
An important part of the blueberries that the Coquimbo region exports are sent through this Inspection Site, which allows directly exporting the region's organic production to the United States. 66,287 boxes have been exported to that market between August and October.
“The region's work to diversify its production is very important. We have grapes and citrus fruits, and now we are also exporting blueberries. This allows us to differentiate our production and the dates in which we can harvest and produce them,” stated Rodrigo Ordenes.
The Region of Coquimbo has 371.87 hectares devoted to the production of blueberries for export. 28% of this area corresponds to the province of Choapa, 54% to Limari, and 18% to Elqui.