Peru's agro-exports may generate some 1.7 million jobs (direct, indirect and induced ones) nationwide this year, the Association of Peruvian Exporters (Adex) projected.
The result would be possible despite the fact that northern Piura, La Libertad and Lambayeque —top producing regions— were affected by "Coastal El Niño" climate phenomenon.
Adex Chairman Juan Varilias underlined sector's expansion was partly boosted by the Agriculture Promotion Law No. 27360. Said rule allows businesspeople to make medium- and long-term investments.
"On average, agro-exports increased 25% in previous years. Afterwards, they maintained a one-digit growth rate due to crisis in the United States and Europe," Varilias expressed.
He added natural disasters have affected the sector's growth.
In this sense, the businessman agreed with the initiative of granting producers a special bonus to overcome natural disaster emergencies.
Lastly, Varilias noted agro-exports must prove they are able to recover from damages and —once again— consolidate as Peru's second most important growth engine.