Adex expects international shipments will surpass $48 million this year

Peruvian passion fruit exports up to April increased by 21.5%

"The public-private work to achieve the elite passion fruit seeds demanded by the national and global juice, pulp, and concentrate industry is well underway. It will allow us to develop the sector's productive and entrepreneurial skills and capacities with social and environmental responsibility while adding value to the fruit," stated the president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Julio Perez Alvan during the launch of the III International Passionfruit Congress, which was held in the framework of the ceremony for the 44thAnniversary of the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA).

Perez highlighted the public-private alliance to improve the characteristics of this fruit. He also said that ADEX and INIA are promoting the Project to Strengthen the Productive Chain of Passionfruit, which will allow recovering a seed that complies with the needs of the industry (fruits with more than 15 degrees Brix, intense yellow color, and more than 85 grams of pulp).

It should be noted that before 2017, small Peruvian producers began to use seeds from Colombia and Brazil and harvested passion fruit with a lower Brix grade, affecting their price and productivity, which went from 30 tons per hectare, on average, to only 20.

Regarding exports, he said that this food is the leading juice, pulp, and concentrate fruit exported reaching more than 48 million dollars in 2021, reflecting a growth of more than 8% over 2020. Exports this year are expected to surpass these figures, as exports up to April have increased by 21.5%.



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