Gabriel Amaro, the executive director of the Association of Agricultural Producers Guilds of Peru (AGAP), said they projected Peruvian agricultural exports would amount to 9.7 billion dollars this year, i.e. nearly 10% more than in 2021.
The country's fruit and vegetable sector exports would increase from 4.97 billion dollars last year to 5.4 billion in 2022, he added.
Grapes and blueberries will continue to be the products that generate the most money exceeding - once again - $1 billion. However, avocado, which last year registered exports of 1,049 million dollars, would not exceed that mark this year, Amaro said. In fact, the data confirms this projection as sales up to June of this year amount to 518 million dollars, a lower number than the 628 million dollars achieved in the same period of last year.
"Avocado prices are very low in the world. It's being traded for less than 2.00 dollars. As a result, we've been unable to export a lot of our products. Prices are falling, under normal conditions, this can sometimes be absorbed, but now we have to deal with all the cost overruns and the Peruvian policy, which is not competitive," he stressed.
Source: Gestión / agraria.pe