Peru Eyes Blueberries
Planting in the mountains for export markets in US, Europe, Asia
The Peruvian government’s Sierra Exportadora agency announced that its demonstration blueberry plantation in Pichupampa should be shipping its first crop next year. The economic development program will be ramping up investment to expand the fruit’s cultivation throughout all 17 regions of the Peruvian Andes and gain share of the lucrative winter market for the berries in the Northern Hemisphere. Blueberries can fetch $30/kilogram in the US, where the buying season is about to open for trade dominated by Chile.
While it’s leading with blueberries, Sierra Exportadora hopes to nurture cranberries, raspberries and strawberries in the mountains as well.
The Peruvian agricultural sector has scored success before with its export sales of asparagus (valued at US$184,855,855 in 2010, according to Datamyne trade data) and fresh grapes (US$51,783,550).
Date posted: November 30, 2011