Peruvian Fruit Exports Up 9.5% During First Quarter of the Yea

Sayuri Bayona, vice minister of foreign trade, stated that during the first quarter of 2019, Peruvian fruit exports (fresh, frozen, canned and juices), which account for more than 50% of agricultural exports, grew 9.5% compared to the same period in the previous year. She also explained that the dynamism of our fruits was driven by higher sales of cranberry (+ 70%), grape (+ 19%) and pomegranate (+ 27%).

Cranberry, the fruit that showed the biggest percentual sales growth during this period, had exports valued over 80 million dollars. Peru is the world’s second most important exporter of cranberries

(only after Chile). Grape exports, the main agricultural export product, amounted to 355 million dollars in the first quarter of 2019, 19% higher than that registered in the same period of 2018. This growth was due to the strong increase in export volume (+ 33%). Both of these fruit exports have the Unites States as one of their most important destinations.

This scenario occurred as a result of the greater investments made in agriculture, the high demand of European countries and the aggressive campaign to promote our products abroad. It should be noted that the significant growth of fruit exports contributed to the increase in agricultural exports, which increased 7% in this period.

Fuente: El Comercio

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