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Due to spots and early fall in crops

Peru: Avocado exports in 2012 did not grow as projected

Earlier this year it was estimated that exports of avocados in the 2012 campaign would amount to 120,000 tons, which would generate USD 200 million, but due to early fall and spots on the fruit, only 90,000 tons were shipped (USD160 million), 10,000 tons more than in 2011 which was of 80,000 tons and also accounted for USD 160 million.

In this regard, the president of consultancy company Inform@cción, Fernando Cillóniz Benavides, said the "very high" percentage of fruit fall before maturity was due to a management problem, prompted by weather, which led to lower production per tree than that of last year.

"Although Peru increased its exports of avocados this year compared to 2011, reaching historical records, it was mainly due to the entry of many new orchards that are not yet commercially productive," he explained.

He also mentioned that the fact that this year there were more avocado exports, but the same yields, was due to a decrease in quality due to black spots present in the fruit.

Also, Fernando Cillóniz said the presence of such spots was a serious problem, since the product in the tree looks perfect, even in the process of cooling and packing the fruit has good color, that is why he noted that the deficiency occurs between the packing plant and the port of destination

"It's definitely a postharvest problem, but it can involve many other things, maybe it was incorrectly harvested and suddenly there was a lot of moisture because it could be a fungus, it may not have cooled well, even the same containers could be infected by fungi," he said.


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