Peru remains the largest quinoa producer in the world with 79,269 tons in 2016, thus accounting for 53.3% of the total volume worldwide, Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri) reported Monday.
Likewise, Peru continues to be the world's biggest exporter of quinoa
since 2014 with 44,300 tons sent in 2016 (47.3% of the overall export volume), as stated by Trade Map —provider of trade statistics for international business development.
Bolivia (31.4%), the United States (5.6%) and the Netherlands (3.6%) come next.
According to Minagri's Directorate of Economic Studies and Agricultural Information, the main quinoa producing region in Peru last year was Puno —with 35,166 tons, accounting for 44.4% of the national production.
Other producing regions included Ayacucho (21%), Apurimac (8.1%), Arequipa (7.8%), Cusco (5%) and Junin (4.8%).
As for Puno, the main producing areas were Azangaro (20.7%), El Collao (15.9%) and San Roman (14.1%) provinces.
In terms of yields, Arequipa region led the ranking with 3.4 tons per hectare, followed by Tacna, Lambayeque, Lima (2 tons/hectare each) and Junin (1.9 tons/hectare).
The national average yield was 1.2 tons per hectare.