Potato production grew 9.1% in October


The National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) reported potato production this October increased to 236,678 tons, a notable growth as compared to October 2013.

This 9.1% increase in production was a result of many regions of Peru increasing their acreage devoted to the sacred Peruvian potato.

The regions include Ica (116.4 percent), Huánuco (29.3 percent), La Libertad (9.3 percent) and Cajamarca (3.6 percent); which together accounted for 54.0 percent of national production.

Other high performing regions include Cusco (209.5 percent), Lambayeque (105.9 percent), Apurimac (93.5 percent), Tacna (49.4 percent), Piura (21.4 percent), Junín (19.4 percent), Amazonas (11.1 percent) and Ayacucho (4.5 percent).

Additionally, the Peruvian beef and poultry sectors saw growth as well. Beef rose in the departments of Junin (10.5 percent), Arequipa (4.4 percent), Amazonas (3.1 percent), Huanuco (3.1 percent), Lima (1.6 percent) and Puno (0.8 percent). While poultry production increased in 12 regions, with the largest upward movement seen in Lambayeque (16.6 percent), Ica (8.4 percent) and Ancash (7.1 percent) Potatoes along with beef and poultry, made the list for notable increases in production.



Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.