The Cajamarca region is consolidated as the main producer and marketer of tara (Caesalpinia spinosa) in Peru, registering a production of 8,624 tons so far this year.
The tara is a non-timber forest product, coming from Andean forests, mostly, and forest plantations, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) says that it has had a great demand in the international market.
In Cajamarca, the harvest, market, and management of tara has become one of the main activities of this region. This is why so far in 2018 they have managed to produce 8,624 tons.
Andina News Agency reported that the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor), an organization attached to the Minagri, has collected about 345,000 Soles thanks to the tara, which makes it one of the products the highest demand agro-exports in the market.
“Peru provides around 80% of this forest product to the markets of the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Italy, mainly”, according to Andina.
Tara can be found in Cajamarca in its wild form, specifically in the forests of Cajabamba, San Marcos and Contumazá. Its main uses are leather tanner, pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industry. In its natural form, tara is also used as a medicinal plant, when treating infections of the respiratory system.