Exports of organic products continued upward trend posting a 17% increase between January and July compared to the same period last year, said Guillermo Flores, Director of the Peruvian Association of Exporters—Adex.
“Despite the complex situation resolving around some crops, demand for Peruvian organic products is in constant growth,” he noted.
The most demanded products are bananas, cocoa, quinoa, maca and mangoes, Flores said at the opening of VIII International Convention of Organic Products, held on the sidelines of Expoalimentaria fair.
Flores said new potential export markets have emerged, such as South Korea, Japan and Australia.
“Organic product supply refers to ancient products mostly rich in nourishing properties, which are commonly consumed in Peru and have begun to gain popularity in international markets,” he said.
Their receptiveness and access to new markets encourages entrepreneurs to work harder and be more competitive, diversify the agricultural export basket, as well as reach different and faraway destinations, which contributes to the economy’s development, creates more jobs and boosts economic decentralization.
Organic shipments amounted to US$370 million in 2015, a 4% increase from 2014.
The principal products are organic coffee, quinoa, cocoa and bananas. “Figures illustrate their great chances in the world,” he emphasized.