Peru has quickly become the world’s largest exporter of blueberries and its growers have big growth plans for this season.
Luis Miguel Vegas, managing director of the Association of Blueberry Producers of Peru (Proarandanos), told Agraria that he expects the volume of exports to increase by 30% in the 2021/2022 campaign.
During the 2020/2021 campaign, exports of Peruvian blueberries exceeded one billion dollars with more than 150,000 tonnes.
He went on to say that Peru, which has grown from exporting 12,000 tonnes in the 2015/2016 season to over 150,000 tonnes in the 2020/2021 season, is the world’s largest exporter of blueberries. .
In 2020, 11% of the national GDP came from the agro-export sector, in which blueberries play a fundamental role.
Exports of this fruit have created more than 100,000 direct jobs in the 2020/2021 campaign, Vegas said. In 2016, there were only 2,300 hectares of blueberries in Peru, while by 2020, that number had increased to 13,600 hectares. By the end of this year, it is expected to reach 15,000 hectares.
In 2016, Peru had 13 varieties of blueberries registered for export, while in 2020 there were 46 varieties registered, with Biloxi standing out as the most important variety during this period.
“Producers are looking for new varieties, they are always committed to having a better product that meets the demands of increasingly informed consumers. You can have a very rich fruit, but the challenge is to maintain its condition as it reaches the increasingly distant destination market. There, the varietal question linked to the operational question has enabled Peru to position itself worldwide on this crop, ”said Vegas.