Peruvian avocado exports grew 11%

Although it was not a good year for avocado shipments, the president of Inform@cion, Fernando Gillóniz, said exports will close this year with 11% growth. Thus, reaching approximately 90,000 tons.

The initial expectation was to reach 110,000 tons for this season, but there were quality problems in production. According Gillóniz, a large number of fruits detached from the plant before ripening, without any apparent reason. "Some believe that it was due to a strange winter, a little warmer than normal," he said.

He also said that a large volume of avocado that was exported for the second year now to the U.S market arrived with stains on the skin. As a result of this, prices per kilo fell in most cases by half. Also, it must be taken into account that the US had a good year in avocado production, which also impacted prices.

A good year is expected by 2013, if quality problems are solved, said Gillóniz after indicating that these issues will be addressed in the III International Avocado Symposium (SIPA). Event that will be held from the 7th to 8th of November in the Jockey Club in Peru.

Source: Perualdia

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