Estimates of Peru’s exports of fresh fruits and vegetables indicate a rise of over 15% y-o-y in 2022, due to investments implemented up to 2020, the greater promotion efforts abroad and the opening of new markets, according to the Association of Agricultural Producer Guilds of Peru (Agap).
In 2021, shipments abroad of fresh fruits and vegetables were worth just under US$5 billion, according to Sunat data. Alejandro Fuentes, president of Agap, said: “Exports of fruits and vegetables have great growth potential, and we trust that in 2023, shipments of these products will continue to grow. To achieve this, it is vital to improve regulations, strengthen private-public work, improve the competitiveness of the sector, integrate small farmers as partners, promote access to new markets and overcome the difficult situation the agricultural sector is currently facing.”
According to the guild, the products with great potential (which are already leading shipments) include blueberry, organic banana, asparagus, avocado, artichoke, tangerine, ginger, mango and grape. Similarly, garlic, onion and pomegranate are expected to enter the top-5 most exported fresh fruits and vegetables from in Peru in 2023, according to AGAP.
New markets expected to be opened over the coming months include South Africa, Chile, Philippines and Japan for grapes; South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia for blueberries; New Zealand and Israel for asparagus; Argentina, Iran, Malaysia, Taiwan, Morocco and South Africa for the mango; Mexico for ginger; and China and the United States for Pitahaya.
A fundamental mode of achieving the growth objective in 2023 involves connecting the Peruvian supply chain, which is why Agap has announced the launch of the “Agrofest Show Peru 2022”, the first mega event for modern agriculture in Peru, which will be held in Lima between June 20 and 22 this year.