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Peruvian producers eyes raspberry potential

  • Peruvian producers eyes raspberry potential

    by Market Insider

    Wednesday, 09 Nov. 2016

    The Agriculture Ministry In Peru is helping small producers in the North of the country to grow and export the popular berry.

    A project to develop raspberry production for the export market in northern Peru is set to yield its first commercial crop in May 2017; the scheme, supported by the agriculture ministry's Sierra y Selva Exportadora agency, has so far led to 200.000 plants being introduced in provinces of the country located in areas between 2.200 and 3.750 metres above the sea level.

    The government is providing support to small producers through the provision of cheap credit through Agrobanco which also employs an agronomist to give free advice to growers on issues such as pest management.

    According to the agency there is huge potential to generate a profitable industry as the local terrain is particularly well suited to raspberry cultivation compared to other countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Customs data shows that Peru exported raspberries for a value of USD 67.912 in 2015; Spain was the main destination accounting for 57% of exports, followed by the Netherlands (27%), Germany (14%), the UK (1%) and France (0,15%).

    Source: Fruitnet

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