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APEM IN DENIAL ??? : Peru expects good mango production

After a 2014-2015 mango campaign with unfavourable weather conditions, a good production is expected for the 2015-2016 season.

Mostly as a result of good weather conditions at the flowering stage and the lack of rainfall in the final stages of the harvest, a record 162,900 tonnes were exported in the 2013-2014 campaign (December to March). 

Of these, 136,400 tonnes (83.7%) were sold fresh, 19,000 tonnes (11.7%) were frozen, 2,400 (1.5%) were used for preserves, 2,500 tonnes (1.5 %) went to juice production and 2,600 tonnes (1.6%) were dehydrated.

The 2014-2015 campaign, by contrast, had unfavourable weather conditions for the production, which dropped to 130,000 tonnes, of which 104,000 tonnes (80%) were sold fresh, 18,000 tonnes (14%) were frozen and the rest was used for juice or dehydrated.

"What we expect in the 2015-2016 campaign is to have a good production," 
said Juan Carlos Rivera, of the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters.

 "Maybe the production won't be as great as that of the 2013-2014 campaign, but it should be greater than last year's." 

He said, however, that the weather is being monitored, since specialised agencies are announcing an ENSO, which would bring rains, making it difficult to reach the goal. 

There will be greater certainty in this regard in late October.

Peru has 27,000 hectares planted with mangoes for export (12th Agricultural Census, 2012), which are managed by 14,000 producers. 

Mango is one of the most inclusive fruits, as a large part of the population of Peru's producing valleys is involved. 

Production is concentrated in the departments of Piura (80%), Lambayeque (11%) and Ancash (9%). Furthermore, 30% of the 22,000 jobs created during the campaign are given to women.

Peru competes at the start of its campaign with Ecuador, especially in the West Coast of the United States. However, both countries are considered to be complementary, as the decline in Ecuador's production coincides with the start of Peru's. 

In Europe, Peru competes only with Brazil, since at that time Africa's producing countries have not yet consolidated their position in the market.

For more information:

Juan Carlos Rivera
T: +51 5173 306496

Publication date: 9/9/2015

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