Luis Miguel Vegas, president of the Proarándanos union, said:

Peru: There will be a lower volume of blueberries this season, but the quality will continue to delight the markets

The blueberry union leader toured various fields in northern Peru and saw how some traditional varieties of the berry have been impacted by the weather, while others, more recently introduced, are showing an excellent response.

Concern about the impact of climate on key crops of the Peruvian agribusiness, such as blueberries, is growing. For this reason, Luis Miguel Vegas, president of Proarándanos, recently made a tour visiting farms in northern Peru, from Paita south to Trujillo. A total of six farms in three days, for almost 1000 kilometers seeing berry varieties and the size of the operations.

"Very good to be able to be on the field, seeing the evolution of the campaign, sharing experiences with the specialists in the field, in a difficult campaign due to the hotter than normal weather," he commented.

He recalled that the 4 to 5 degrees Celsius above the usual for the season in this year's climate is having an impact on blueberry production, with greater emphasis on some varieties. "One of the most affected is a variety, which has historically represented 35% of exports. But there are others, some even in their first year in production, that have had an excellent response despite the hotter weather”, he developed.

In this sense, he estimated that the country will have a significant drop in volume, but the offer to the markets will continue to be important to supply them, with the support of the great diversity of varieties that exist, some recently introduced in the producing regions. "You can expect a lower volume this season, but in terms of quality, the Peruvian offer promises to continue delighting the markets," he summarized.

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