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Peru: Farming sector up 7.5% in August 2018

17:15 | Lima, Oct. 8.

Peru’s farming sector expanded 7.5% in August and 7.7% in the first eight months of the year, spurred by an increase in agricultural and livestock activities, Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri) said on Monday.

The agricultural sub-sector posted a 9% rise in August, supported by greater production of olives (366%; in Tacna), blueberries (67.2%; in La Libertad), paprika (62.1%; in Arequipa), tangerines (54.7%; in Ica and Lima), dry beans (50.3%; in Amazonas, Apurimac, and Arequipa), as well as parchment coffee (35.1%; in Junin, San Martin, and Cusco), among others.

Meanwhile, livestock production grew 5.8% over the same month last year.

Said result was mainly attributable to higher production of chicken (7.6%; in Lima, La Libertad, and Arequipa), laying hens (3.4%; in La Libertad and Arequipa), fattening turkeys (5.1%; in Lima), and other birds (1.8%, in Ica and La Libertad).

On the other hand, the farming sector recorded its eighth consecutive month of growth —in Jan-Aug— at f 7.7%.

During this period, the agricultural sub-sector saw a 9.1% rise, underpinned by higher production of olives (120%; in Tacna and Arequipa), blueberries (54.7%; in La Libertad and Lambayeque), paddy rice (20%; in La Libertad, Piura, and Lambayeque), as well as tangerines (19.4%; in Ica, Lima, and La Libertad), among others.

Meanwhile, the livestock sub-sector expanded 5.3%. This result was due to the increased production of chicken (8.7%; in Lima, La Libertad, and Ica), chicken eggs (6.1%; in Ica, Arequipa, and Lima), raw milk (2.5%; in Lima, Cajamarca, and Puno), and pork (1.7%; in Lima, Huanuco, and La Libertad).

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Published: 10/8/2018
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