The Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Roberto Sanchez, spoke about the measures that the government will take to promote the export of organic bananas from the Piura region during a visit he made to the production and packaging areas of the Association of Small Producers of Organic Bananas Saman and Annexes (APPBOSA) in the city of Sulana.
Sanchez stressed that, as part of the government's policy to support national production, they would implement strategies together with the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and business associations, to increase exports and reduce costs.
"The search for new markets for bananas would help organizations find new buyers with better purchase offers than the ones made by the large importers that are currently acquiring this fruit," Sanchez said.
The export price of a box of bananas (18.14 kg) has decreased since 2017 due to the increase in production in Central America. 80% of exported bananas are acquired by 5 importers (Fyffes, Dole, Chiquita, Agrofair, and Port), which means there is a lack of market and importer diversification.
Given the drop in the purchase price of the box of bananas for export, the sector work to reduce the costs of the materials used, because there is a monopoly in the manufacture of cardboard boxes for export. In this regard, Sanchez announced that they were looking to purchase large volumes of cardboard boxes for bananas in China.
In addition, there is a decrease in profitability in banana exports because exporters must now cover the cost of removing containers from warehouses, a cost that was previously covered by the port and that amounts to more than 350 dollars per container.
Peru has 16,500 hectares of certified organic banana crops, 60% of which are located in Piura where the cultivated area amounts to 9,927 hectares. Most of the production is exported, with an average of 72,942 tons (2015-2019 period).