Onion exports in Peru increase 64 percent



The harvest of Peruvian onions. (Photo: Living in Peru archive)

Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced that fresh onion exports in the country totaled $6.6 million in the first five months of this year, an increase of 64 percent over the same period in 2010.

The volume of fresh onion shipments totaled 34,300 tons, an increase of 74.2 percent over the same period a year earlier, freshplaza.com reported.

The main destination for this Peruvian product is Colombia, which bought 29,000 tons of total exports (84 percent of the total), followed by the United States, with 3,000 tons (9 percent) and Spain, with 1,000 tons (4 percent).

According to the Ministry of Agriculture’s records, the average price for onions in 2011 is $191 per ton, a figure 5 percent lower than last year’s average price.