Results have allowed Peru to become the world's second largest Hass avocado exporter, Peru's Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry Juan Manuel Benites affirmed on Monday.
Remarks were made while participating in the 8th World Avocado Congress, which gathers 26 international delegations in Lima.
Avocado shipments account for 53% of the national production.
In a decade
"In the last 10 years, avocado exports climbed from 18,700 tons [US$23.00 million] to 179,000 tons by the end of 2014 thanks to sales worth over US$306.9 million [...]," the Minister told.
In this sense, Peruvian Hass avocado reaches out to 58 countries. The United States, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Canada are considered top markets.
A couple weeks ago, Minagri was granted phytosanitary access for Hass avocado to Chinese and Japanese markets, which already receive the first shipments.
"Over 5,000 tons are estimated to be exported to these two countries,” he told.
During the opening ceremony, the Minister gathered with Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS) Edward Avalos, National Service for Agricultural Sanitation (Senasa) Chief Jorge Barrenechea and the head of Hass Avocado Producers’ Association (ProHass) James Bosworth, among others.