Miguel Quevedo Valle, the head of the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa), said that New Zealand would open its doors to fresh Peruvian citrus starting the second half of December. "The process is already 99% done. We are waiting for confirmation that there are no observations from the World Trade Organization (WTO), so we can already consider that New Zealand is an open market for all types of Peruvian citrus (mandarin, tangelo, orange, clementine, and lemon),” he added.
It should be noted that the most produced citrus varieties in Peru are W. Murcott and Satsuma, both of which have good characteristics for long trips and are highly demanded by the Asian market.
Concern about La Niña
In 2021, Peruvian citrus also managed to enter Uruguay and Argentina. Thus, the sector estimated that shipments to the international market would increase by 6% when compared to 2020. However, to date there has been a 0% increase in exports.
Sergio Del Castillo, the general manager of the Association of Citrus Producers of Peru (Procitrus) said that they maintained the general production of citrus fruits but that the volume of fruit that can be exported had declined because of the lack of rains in some periods of the year.
In this regard, on October 14, the National Study of the El Niño Phenomenon (Enfen) stated that they expected La Niña would continue to develop in the central Pacific between spring 2021 and summer 2022, and that they expected it would have a weak to moderate magnitude.
Thus, the north coast of the country is expected to have fewer rains than under normal conditions, without ruling out episodes of short-term localized rains; while the Andean zone and the jungle are expected to have more rains than normal.
“La Niña has always generated cuts in the water supply because there is less flow to recharge the aquifers in the lower parts. Without water, there is no large fruit and this climatic event would coincide with the growth and fattening cycle of the fruit. Thus, the sector will have to try to get fewer fruits per plant to prioritize good sizes,” he stated.