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Peruvian avocado exports to reach 515,000 tons this season

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Peruvian Hass avocado exports should reach 515,000 tons this season, reflecting an increase of 6.6 percent compared to the 483,000 tons shipped the previous campaign, Juan Carlos Paredes Rosales, the president of the Association of Hass Avocado Producers of Peru (ProHass), told Agraria.

Paredes explained that up to week 17 (April 24) there was already a 20 percent advance of the total campaign projection, with 4,578 containers (each container stores 21.5 tons).

He said the main market for Hass avocado from Peru is Europe, where 70 percent of what is exported goes.

“The U.S. market has little Mexican avocado and little California avocado, so we expect Hass avocado shipments from Peru to grow between 10-25 percent in that country,” said Paredes.

The Japanese market is expected to grow around 30 percent.

In 2021, Peru had 50,699 hectares of Hass avocado, compared to 44,128 hectares registered the previous year (2020). In 2019 there were 38,041 hectares; in 2018, 33,064 hectares; in 2017, 31,563 hectares; in 2016, 29,063 hectares; and in 2015, 27,312 hectares.

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