La Libertad: Agroexportation grows 20% every year from 2000
A spectacular growth in La Libertad. In the 2000, its agroexports barely reached US $ 58 million dollars. Today, after 18 years, it exceeds the US $ 1,121 million annual dollars.
The boom in agroexports was born in the first decade of the 2000 years, as a result of strong external demand and new trends to consume healthier products and the operation of the Chavimochic irrigation project.
According to the Economic Information Office of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of La Libertad (CPL), so far this year (January - September 2018), the non-traditional sector of La Libertad grew 20.8%, of which 19.7 percentage points they were explained by the dynamism of the agricultural sector.
Exports of blueberries and avocados led the list, exceeding the US $ 157 million and US $ 306 million dollars, respectively, during January to September of this year.
Within the main markets of destination are the United States, the Netherlands, Ecuador, Spain and the United Kingdom. These countries concentrate more than 80% of the total of liberal agro-exports.
The promotion of these products as 'Superfoods Peru', through the Central Government, has managed to awaken great interest in the external market; like the Chinese that, lately, demands greater export, mainly of blueberries.
In this line, the CPL highlights the Asian country's interest in fresh products, a fact that represents a great opportunity for companies in La Libertad and a challenge to provide adequate airport infrastructure to meet this global trend.
Low demand of Asparagus
Fresh or chilled asparagus was the third non-traditional agricultural product exported in 2017, only behind fresh grapes and avocados.
Despite the cumulative increase in exports between 2010 and 2017, during recent years, the trend of asparagus shipments has been downward.
Thus, after sustained growth between 2010 and 2013, Peruvian exports of asparagus fell 5% between 2014 and 2017, with an average annual fall of 1.7%, from US $ 574 million to US $ 545 million.
The main export companies of fresh or refrigerated asparagus are Beta Agroindustrial Complex, Danper Trujillo and Sociedad Agrícola Drokasa.
In the 2016 year, Peru was the second world exporter of fresh or chilled asparagus, only behind Mexico.
Lower production due to crop aging
According to a study by the Department of Economic Studies of Scotiabank, this tendency would be due to a lower national production, which, in turn, would be the result of the decrease in productivity that the age of the crops generates.
The study indicates that the land used to produce asparagus would be used for the production of other crops with greater profitability.