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Peru expects strong 2021/2022 mango campaign

Peru expects to export 220,000-240,000 tons of fresh mangoes in the 2021/2022 season, putting it in line with the previous two, which were 237,000 tons in 2019/2020 and 217,000 tons in 2020/2021.

The general manager of the Peruvian Association of Mango Exporters (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, told Agraria that 60 percent of the total would go to the U.S., 30 percent to Europe, and 10 percent to Asia and other Latin American countries.

He highlighted that Peru has about 35,000 hectares of mango for export (80 percent located in Piura, 10 percent in Lambayeque, and the remaining 10 percent in Ancash) that are in the hands of 14,000 producers.

Ortega added that the mango export chain generates around 42,000 jobs, of which 50 percent are women, who are mainly in the packaging process.

This season Peru will have 17 certified hydrothermal treatment plants to ship fresh mango to the U.S., when 5 years ago there were only 11 plants.

Peru’s mango season typically runs from December through March.

Marco Campos is Media Coordinator, Latin America for Blue Book Services