Blueberries surpass grapes as the main agricultural product exported by Peru
The blueberry led the Peruvian agricultural exports in the last twelve months, after reaching shipments worth 1.411 million dollars until the month of September. The data, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), accounts for 14,4% of agricultural sales in the Andean country during that period.
The grape, which obtained international sales between October 2021 and September 2022 for a value of 1.316 million dollars, was the second most sold Peruvian product abroad, with an amount equivalent to 13,4% of the total agricultural export goods.
In third place, according to the figures released by Mincetur, was coffee, which reached 1.286 million dollars during the same period, and which explains 13,1% of shipments abroad in the Peruvian agricultural sector.
"Blueberry shipments grow noticeably during the last months of the year. Therefore, we hope that it will also position itself as the main Peruvian agro-export good in 2022, surpassing grapes, which last year was our main agricultural export product," said Minister Roberto Sánchez.
Official reports indicate that between January and September of this year, Peruvian blueberry exports totaled 796 million dollars, a value 31,6% higher than that registered in the same period of 2021.
The northern region of La Libertad ranked first in international sales of this fruit during the first nine months of the year and accounted for 52% of Peruvian shipments, having generated 427 million dollars, with a growth of 32,7%. compared to the same period of the previous year. The Lambayeque region ranked second, reaching 23% of sales, with 190 million dollars and a growth of 35,3%.
The Mincetur highlights, however, that southern Ica was the region that increased its blueberry exports the most, with an increase of 54,7%, and 49 million dollars in billing between January and September.
Although there was a decrease of -11,7% in the Lima Region between January and September, it remained the fourth zone in the country with the highest export value of blueberries, representing 8% of total sales, with 48 million dollars.
He also highlighted the development of the northern region of Ancash, which contributed 6% of product exports, which amounted to 41 million dollars at the end of September, with a growth of 29,6%.
The Mincetur has specified that the United States has been the main destination for Peruvian blueberries, receiving 51% of shipments, for an amount of 417 million dollars during the first new months of the year.
For their part, the countries of the European Union acquired 24% of the total exports of Peruvian blueberries, with shipments totaling 171 million dollars at the end of September.
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