The largest exporting country for asparagus is traditionally Peru. But times are changing! Blueberries, avocados and bananas are exported on a larger scale every year. Peru has proven to be more diverse than just Machu Picchu…
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Once upon a time
LBP has been helping Peruvian exporters of fresh fruit for many years already. It all started with a straight forward visit to the city of Lima and meetings with different exporters of fruit. We visited the airport, to see its security systems. We stopped at exporters’ offices and last but not least we visited the fields. Our visit to Trujillo for example gave us a very good impression of the chances and possibilities the country of Peru had - and has! - to offer.
New crops on the block
Traditionally over the years Peru has been exporting their white and green asparagus all over the world by air. In recent years the modalities shift towards containerized operations, especially for the white asparagus. Not only export methods change, new chances arise in changing produce. The largest exporter of the ‘white gold’ - as the asparagus were often called in Peru - stopped its production a couple of years ago. Not because things were no longer profitable, but new options seemed to be more promising. So the asparagus fields were cut and replaced by blueberries (arandanos). Thousands of acres of them. Maybe they become the new ‘blue gold’?
Let's go bananas
Next to the blueberry explosion Peru has seen a similar development with avocados (paltas). Compared to ten years ago Peru grew to the number two producer and exporter of the world (after Mexico) with in 2018 a market share of 14% of all the avocado consumed worldwide. The same applies for mango, again second largest producer in the world after, again, Mexico. Furthermore, pomme granates (granadas) are popular and organic bananas are coming...
From desert to fertile
Over the years we have seen the changes of the agricultural situation in Peru. Only a while ago, inhabitants had to exploit desertlands and grow crops on it. Not an ideal situation. But the government is helping exporters in many ways by making desertland available for agriculture. They are fixing the infrastructure for water and irrigation systems, allowing exporters to work on their future and bring down unemployment in these areas. Thanks to the development of the desertland the country and its people started to florish again. New crops, new agricultural options and new transportation methods have made Peru a major player in the agricultural world.