Puno: Top national producer of popular quinoa

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The southeastern region of Peru is instantly associated with Lake Titicaca and the magical floating villages that inhabit the area. Not only does the region add to the mystique of the country, but it is also a top agricultuarl producer. Thanks to the in-demand crop, quinoa, the region is gaining recognition.

According to the Regional Government of Puno, the region produces some 60, 000 tons of quinoa a year. This quantity accounts for 79.5% of the country´s total output of the crop, with Cusco, Junin, and Ayacucho accounting for the rest.

The immense plains and plateaus of the region are prime areas for crops, however few producers of the pseudo-cereal in Puno are certified organic farmers. According to Andina, “about 27,000 hectares are organic quinoa crops, which provides an output of one metric ton per hectare”.

The news publication, Gestion, reported last week that natural exports from Peru have increased by 52% in the first half of 2014. According to the August 28th report, “quinoa was the main export with 44% interest and $ 73 million in shipments,” representing an increase of over 200% compared to the same period of 2013.

The majority of the Andean grain produced in Puno is exported to Europe and the United States, reports the Regional Government of Puno.
Farmers are dedicating more land to harvest the in-demand Andean grain.

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Agnes Rivera

A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.