Arequipa, which produces more than 56,000 tons of garlic per year, is Peru's largest garlic producing region, concentrating 68% of the national production. However, only 30% of what is produced (17,000 tons) is destined for export.
Garlic production is concentrated in the Tambo Valley. Nearly 2,000 of the 12,000 cultivable hectares in the area are destined for this product, and they have an average yield of 10 tons per hectare, stated Jonathan Bravo de Rueda, a specialist in garlic marketing and agricultural trade at the Regional Agriculture Management.
Tambo, Arequipa, La Joya, El Pedregal, and Santa Rita, produce the Chinese or white garlic variety that has better quality and is destined for the markets of Brazil and the United States, while the Napuri variety is destined to Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.
70% of the garlic that is not exportable is marketed in the domestic market or destined for the seed industry. Garlic prices in the markets are usually good, especially when countries like China are doing badly, or when production in Huancayo or Apurimac drops due to weather problems, he added.
Source: El Pueblo / agraria.pe