Proarandanos released information on Peru's 2021-2022 blueberry campaign, which is nearing its end.
Luis Miguel Vegas, the general manager of Proarandanos, said the Peruvian blueberry had generated a record number of more than 120,000 direct jobs this season, 52% of which were occupied by women.
This decentralized development was due to the production of blueberries in regions such as Ancash, Cajamarca, Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Moquegua, and Piura, and the investments made in infrastructure and social programs to improve the education levels, health, and well-being of the communities located in the areas of influence of blueberry agro-industrial operations.
In addition, Peru has increased its exportable supply which has helped increase its exports. In 2016, Peru only cultivated some 13 varieties of blueberry. Now, the country grows an estimated 60 different varieties. This means the country has expanded its varietal offer to markets throughout the world.
By the end of November, 73 Peruvian companies had exported 175,574 tons of blueberries, i.e. 36% more than the 128,900 tons exported during the same period of last season. The United States was the main market accounting for 55% of all exports with 95,735 tons, i.e. 46% more than in the previous year. 51,634 tons were destined for Europe and 23,612 tons for China, i.e. 11% and 75% more than in the previous year, respectively.
To date, Peru has exported 26,372 kilograms of blueberries by air to India, a destination that recently opened its doors to Peruvian blueberries.
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