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Competing with Chile

Peru plans to ship first sample cherries to China in October

It is reported that Peru hopes to compete with leading cherry producers and exporters and plans to export its first volumes to China in October this year.

“Three years ago, we began to get involved in the export of cherries; in October this year, we will export the first shipment of sample cherries to China by sea.” Lionel Arce, general manager of Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, a produce exporter in Peru, said. At present, they have 12 hectares of cherries in Ica, and the fruit will ripen in the next few months. They will also conduct trials in Arequipa.

Data from the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) show that Chile is one of the main exporters of cherries in South America. In the 2020-2021 season, the country exported 330,000 tons to China, seeing a year-on-year increase of 43%.

Marco Vinelli, former executive director of the Agro Rural, believes that Peruvian cherries are a super crop and may become the next agricultural export boom. “The yearly export value of Chilean cherries exceeds 1 billion U.S. dollars. In Peru, from Tacna to Junín, cherries are being trialed everywhere in order to find the best growing areas. If we succeed, cherries will become a sustainable export product, just like blueberries."

"As far as blueberry exports are concerned, no one believed that Chile could be surpassed 10 years ago, but now we are in the leading position. Therefore, I do not rule out the possibility that it can be the same with cherries,” Venelli added.

Source: Fruit Critic

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