Despite the current Covid impacts, Peruvian agro-exports continue to see positive growth, reaching US$1.744 billion in the first quarter (January-March) of 2021. This represents an increase of 8.9% compared to the same period in 2020, the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation reported yesterday.
In this period, for example, non-traditional agro-exports amounted to US$1.689 billion, a 9.2% growth over the same period in 2020. The products that stood out in the agro-export ranking were fresh grapes, which totaled US$472 million and accounted for 28% of the total, as well as fresh mangoes (US$208 million, 12%), avocados (US$117 million, 6.9%), frozen mangoes (US$71 million, 4.2%), and blueberries (US$50 million, 3%).
Also of note was the growth recorded by exports of fresh asparagus, which totaled US$48 million and accounted for 2.9% of the total, of fresh bananas (US$38 million, 2.2%), preparations for animal feed (US$36 million, 2.1%), cacao beans (US$26 million, 1.6%), as well as non-crushed and non-ground ginger (US$25 million, 1.5%).