The country produced 247 thousand tons in 2016, 27% more than the previous year.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peru exported 247 thousand tons of avocado last year, which translates into 27% more than in 2016, and makes the country the second largest exporter of this product in the world, said Fresh Plaza.
“The country mainly ships Hass avocado. Exports of this variety amounted to nearly US $ 580 million, 46% more than what they amounted to in 2016.”, wrote this website.
For national consumption, Peru produced 470 thousand tons of avocado in 2017, which is 3.4% more than in 2016. 80% of this production came from the departments of Libertad, Lima, Ica, and Junin.
Fresh Plaza also says that avocado is the third most important agricultural export product, right behind coffee and grapes. This fruit is thought to have originated in Mexico but there is evidence that it was present in Peru as long as 8,000 to 15,000 years ago.
“The country has been able to boost its avocado shipments in great part thanks to the intervention of the National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa), which between 2015 and 2016 implemented phytosanitary protocols so that the Peruvian fruit could access the Chinese market, which has some 1,400 million consumers.”, wrote Fresh Plaza.