Peru mango production grows 268.8% in 2010
Peru’s mango production from January to October has grown 268.8% compared to the same period last year, yielding approximately 309,000 tons of the tropical fruit, Peru’s agricultural ministry (MINAG) said in a statement.
The ministry expects that the total harvest for 2010 will set a new volume record.
The majority of production, some 85.8%, is focused in the northern regions of Piura and Lambayeque. The two regions produced 220,000 and 43,000 tons of the fruit, respectively. The main varieties produced were Kent, Haden and Tommy Atkins.
Exports of the fruit are sent in four formats: fresh mangoes, mango juice, preserved and frozen. The latter saw an increase of 103.4% in volume and 56.5% in its FOB value, the report said without giving hard figures.
Peru’s mangoes are shipped to the United States, the main receiver, followed by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada.