The mango season in the Lambayeque region registered a decrease of 15% due to the weather variables that were recorded throughout the Lambayeque region, said the regional manager of Agriculture, Augusto Velez Delgado.
The official said that the losses occurred in the districts of Olmos, Motupe and Tongorrape area, where over 3,500 hectares of tropical fruit are concentrated.
"This campaign has not been so encouraging for mango producers, we hope that these conditions can be overcome," he said.
Delgado Vélez explained that climate variations prevented the flowering of the product, however despite of this, producers took a risk and planted. It is expected that in the months of January and February, where most of flowering takes place, the campaign could improve in order to achieve at least the local market supply.
"If the product is too scarce it could become very expensive in the market, such as happened last year. Traders are going to be forced to bring fruit from the Piura region," said the official.
He also added that by the end of this year it is estimated that 10,000 tons will be exported to the European market and some countries in South America.