Peru will raise its 31,000 hectares with planted Hass avocado to 33,000, according to the president of the Hass Avocado Producers Association of Peru (Prohass), Daniel Bustamente.
“Habilitating and cultivating the fruit over the next three years in these 2,000 additional hectares will require the investment of $50 million US dollars, without counting the price of the land, he said”, you can read in Fresh Plaza.
Peru’s Hass avocado exports in 2018 totaled 335,000 tons, worth nearly $660 million US dollars. It is expected that in 2019 there will be an increase in shipments, but not a very significant one, said Bustamente to the press.
“In 2017, Hass avocado prices were exceptionally high in the international market, so shipments in 2018, having a lower price, showed a lower growth, despite the large increase in tons exported,” he stated.
This fruit takes four years before it can be harvested and this variety makes up 95% of the avocados Peru exports at this moment.
The Hass avocado is sometimes marketed as the Bilse avocado and it has a dark green-colored, bumpy skin.