China, one of the main destinations for blueberries from the Piura region in Peru
Producers from Piura, with the support of the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa), have started a 2022 export campaign in the region, in which it is expected to exceed the 5.730 tons of blueberries exported in the previous campaign. Blueberry development in the Piura region has expanded to around 852 hectares of blueberries. 4.490,98 tons during 2020 and 5.730,51 tons in 2021; for this year it is expected that this increase in exportable volumes will continue, benefiting the regional economy. The varieties grown in the area are Biloxi, Ventura, Kestrel and Rocío.
For the success of the campaign, a series of phytosanitary actions are being carried out by the agricultural health sector in cooperation with the producers and the agro-export sector to safeguard the health of the products. For the campaign, it is necessary to certify the blueberry production sites, which includes verifying the implementation of adequate integrated pest management, the correct use of pesticides and the implementation of good agricultural practices.
It also certifies processing and packaging plants, which have authorized the operation of four plants this season in the production areas of Castilla, Piura and Tamarindo. In these factories, Senasa inspectors verify the product traceability system, from collection to shipment to different international destinations. The phytosanitary certification of the merchandise is carried out in strict adherence to the work plan approved by the importing country to guarantee the safety of the fruit.
The main destinations for the blueberries produced in Piura are the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, China, Canada and other countries.
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