Potato cultivation has become an important driver of Peru’s regional and local economy in the producing areas. As explained by a Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) report, it generates a large amount of jobs in Peru, which means around 34 million daily wages per season for family farming producers.
Midagri's potato chain specialist Juan Miguel Quevedo: "Although potato cultivation generates more than 110,000 fixed or permanent jobs, the most remarkable aspect is the creation of the intensive jobs it creates nationwide. The 34 million jobs, which are temporary, are mostly created for the sowing, maintenance, harvesting, and post-harvesting campaigns for the most versatile Andean tuber.”
Last season, 339,000 hectares were sown. Farmers were hired to work for the stages of preparing the land, sowing, weeding, second fertilization, hilling, pest control, harvest and post-harvest.
Quevedo stated that potato cultivation at the national level is distributed among 19 regions of the country, being the areas with the highest production:
- Puno, 850,000 tons per year. (16% of Peruvian production)
- Huanuco 745,000 tons per year (14%).
- La Libertad 533,000 tons (10%).
- Ayacucho 449,000 tons (8%).
- Cusco 440,000 tons (8%).