Fresh blueberry shipments would reach close to 300 thousand tons for US$ 1.500 million in the 2022/2023 campaign, which will represent an increase of 36.3% in volume and 17% in value

So far this campaign (May-October), shipments of fresh blueberries reached 153.228.933 kilos for US$843.725.006, showing a 31% increase in volume compared to what was shipped in the same period of the previous 2021 campaign. /2022.

In the May 2022/April 2023 campaign, Peruvian exports of fresh blueberries would be close to 300 thousand tons for a value close to US$ 1.500.000.000, which will represent an increase of 36.3% in volume and 17% in value, compared to the 220 thousand tons shipped for US$ 1.278.267.877 in the previous campaign (2021/2022).

This was projected by the president of the consulting firm Inform@cción, Fernando Cillóniz Benavides, who expressed his satisfaction with the "impressive" volume of fresh blueberries that Peru will export this campaign.

He indicated that so far this campaign (May-October) shipments of fresh blueberries reached 153.228.933 kilos for US$ 843.725.006, showing an increase in volume of 31% compared to what was shipped in the same period of the campaign. previous campaign 2021/2022.

He pointed out that we have already exceeded the peak of the campaign that is recorded in the months of September and October, where 70.658.254 kilos and 70.471.651 kilos were exported, respectively, when in the previous campaign shipments amounted to 58.108.202 kilos in September and 57.608.186 kilos in October.

"It's extraordinary. Never before have we reached 60 million kilos of fresh blueberries exported and in this campaign there are already two months that more than 70 million kilos have been shipped”, he highlighted.

As for the destination markets for fresh blueberries from Peru so far this campaign (May-October), he explained that they were North America with 80.398.181 kilos for US$436.291.938, Europe with 46.183.439 kilos for US$236.909.324, Asia with 26.010.288 kilos for US$166.906.584, and Latin America with 533.924 kilos for US$3.617.159.

The main exporting companies of the aforementioned fruit are: Camposol, Hortifrut Peru, Agrovision Peru, Beta Agroindustrial Complex, Agrícola Cerro Prieto, Agroberries Peru, Danper Trujillo, HFE Berries Peru, Hass Peru, Blueberries Peru, among others.

Do not increase more crops

At another point, Fernando Cillóniz said that the price of blueberries (as well as other fruit trees) has been falling year after year, due to the significant increase in the Peruvian supply (and from other origins). Added to this is the increase in production costs (fuels, fertilizers, labor, energy, freight, among others).

He explained that the average price of a kilogram of blueberries in the 2018/2019 campaign: August US$7.84, September US$8.62, October US$8.13, November US$7.90. In the 2019/2020 campaign: August US$7.44, September US$7.93, October US$6.86. In the 2020/2021 campaign: August US$6.70, September US$7.01, October US$6.37. In the 2021/2022 campaign: August US$6.70, September US$6.24, October US$5.50. While in the 2022/2023 campaign: August US$5.62, September US$5.47, October US$4.90.

The president of the Inform@cción consultancy said that if a month is compared with the same month of the previous campaign, a decrease in the price can be seen. He added that in October of this year the price was below US$5 per kilogram, which had not happened before.

“I would suggest that we slow down a bit with the increase in new areas of this and other fruit trees and that we measure better, look for other crops. We must diversify with traditional crops whose prices have increased such as potatoes, cotton, corn, sugar, coffee”, he concluded.

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. Cillóniz said that despite the fact that blueberry shipments would be close to US$1.500 million at the end of this campaign, it will not exceed table grape shipments, which at the end of the 2022/2023 campaign would reach US$1.800 million. , with which it would maintain its privileged position as the main agricultural export crop in our country.

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