Peru produces fruits and vegetables of excellent quality, some in counter-season and some during the entire year. Their taste, color, and aroma are exquisite. Furthermore, they comply with quality control standards.
Peru is one of the places that have contributed to the world’s food supply with a wide range of biodiverse species. Goods that are wholly globalized like the potato and the tomato come from Peru.
Out of the 117 life zones existing in the world, 84 are present in Peruvian territory. The long coastline in Peru is a dry and tropical area where the weather is stable and thus provides conditions of a natural greenhouse, when irrigated.
Due to its proximity to the equator, Peruvian soil receives the highest solar intensity on the planet. This allows the development of a more efficient photosynthesis, improves productivity, and raises the quality of many crops (size, consistency and taste). This location also makes it possible for the Peruvian products to arrive in the markets of the Northern Hemisphere before their southern competitors. Along with the presence of these favorable natural conditions, the Peruvian sector of export agriculture has modernized and its processes equal those of developed countries.
Peruvian products comply with the quality control standards required by international clients. Companies are certified with international standards such as ISO, HACCP, TESCO, and Global Gap, among others. Furthermore, they comply with strict norms of good agricultural practices that are under the supervision of the sanitary authorities of their main markets. These efforts are complemented by the continuous perfection of the productive procedures and services through the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies.
Peru has specialized in the cultivation of vegetables and fruits, which are exported both fresh and processed (pulp, frozen, conserved, etc.) to gourmet markets that demand goods of high quality. Thus, the training of human resources in activities such as selection and handling is always improving and new presentations are being developed. Thanks to these advances, Peru is a world leader in the exports of artichokes and roasted peppers, among other premium products.
Peru’s natural conditions and its ancestral agricultural tradition, sustained in the use of techniques that do not alter the environment, are comparative advantages to the export of organic products. Peru has a large number of hectares organic farmers certified as organic. Coffee, banana, cacao and quinoa stand out among the Peruvian organic exports.
Peru has a high potential for the export of products and services based on its biodiversity, which is one of the richest in the world. Its ecological, social, and economic sustainability respond to the conservation criteria contemplated by the Agreement of Biological Diversity. The most important exports of this kind are tropical nuts, tara, achiote, giant corn, maca, ornamental fish, camu camu, and quinoa.