Daniel Bustamante, president of Proarándanos:

“The Peruvian industry is in a process of changing its profile”

In the Peruvian industry, the current season has meant a halt in growth as crops have been affected by the effects of high temperatures on plants, an impact associated with the El Niño climate phenomenon that affects that country.

To address this issue and the future of the industry, we spoke with Daniel Bustamante, president of Problueberries.

This note is a preview of an interesting interview that is published in the next edition of Blue Magazine, which begins to be distributed in March.

  • How do you evaluate the last blueberry season in Peru?
  • Look, last season has been a difficult season. The volume has fallen a lot, as you well know, and that is why prices have rebounded so high, but to evaluate the Peruvian campaign, I think it is important to separate this drop in production between what it is by region and what it is by variety.

The northern zone of Peru has the majority of planted areas, that is, between La Libertad and Lambayeque, and this has been most affected by the climatic phenomenon of a hot year, which has had very serious consequences in what is the plant productivity.

The same effect, or not as drastic, has not been seen in the south. In other words, the first impact on the drop in production comes from the northern zone. This is point number one.

Another factor to consider is the varietal issue. We know that the industry in Peru is still new and we have varieties on farms that are zero cold hours or few cold hours, and that have still been growing with relative success. But given this hotter year, those with few cold hours have suffered more and have had terrible drops in production, not so much those with zero cold hours, which have also suffered somewhat, but less because, let's say, a direct relationship With the hours of high temperatures these are affected.

Then we must separate the campaign with those parameters, which will help us understand what may happen in future campaigns.

  • The trend of the Peruvian industry was growing, not only in volumes, but also in surface area. Is this trend going to be maintained or evaluated?

I don't think it's at the pace it was before. I believe that the Peruvian industry is in a process of changing its profile. Precisely towards the varietal issue. To replace many of the varieties that were becoming more obsolete or, as in this case, those that have not responded in the best way to the effects of the climate.

Complex and debatable

It has definitely been a complex season, without a doubt, and it will be very rich in terms of the research, analysis and debate that it will generate in the specialized media and in the different industry meetings, especially in the International Seminars de Blueberries Consulting from Lima and Trujillo, in March and July of this year.

It will also be an important issue that will arise in Italy, in the context of the Blueberry Arena by Macfrut 2024, which will take place in May in Rimini, since there will be a significant presence of the global genetics industry, a factor that apparently appears decisive in facing the climate threat and the other challenges of the blueberry and other berry industry in the different hemispheres. and regions of the world.

Many of these factors are addressed in the pages of BlueMagazine in its next March edition.

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