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U.S. buys 57% of Peru's onion exports

The Foreign Trade Society of Peru (ComexPerú), reported that the United States buys 57% of the Peruvian exports of onions with 11 million dollars in the first eight months of 2012, 81% more than what was acquired in the same period of last year.

Onions and shallots, fresh or chilled is one of the agricultural products that has shown to have high export dynamism from January to August of this year by adding 19 million dollars, 10% more than the same period of 2011.

However, other destinations that have shown great dynamism stand out like Colombia with 6.7 million dollars (-33 Percent) and Spain with 0.8 million (40% more).

The main exporters are Importer and Exporter Agromercedes with 3.4 million
dollars (18 percent), Bland & Miranda with 2 million (11%) and MC & M with 1.9 million (10%).

He explained that because it is an important input for Peruvian cuisine which has high contain of protein, vitamins and minerals excellent for health, production and export of onions has experienced significant growth in recent years.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture (Minag), in the period January-July of this year, the domestic production of onion amounted to 375,453 tons.

Among the major producing regions are Arequipa, Ica, Tacna and La Libertad, with 58, 11%, 6%, and 5% of national production, respectively.

Source: Andina

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