Dutch demand drives Peru watermelon exports

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Dutch demand drives Peru watermelon exports

Peru's National Tax Administration Service (SUNAT) has announced the country's watermelon export values grew 107% in January and February compared to the same period in 2010, reported Agraria.pe.

Peru exported 1,700 metric tons (MT) with a value of US$517,000 during the two months, driven by increased sales to the Netherlands which accounted for 56% of sales, the story reported.

The statistics showed the U.K. and Chile were also major export destinations, purchasing US$100,000 and US$54,000 worth of watermelons respectively.

Agraria reported 89% of volumes were sold by company Rancho Bravo SAC, while the main watermelon-growing regions were Áncash, Ica, la Libertad, Lima, Loreto and Tacna.

Source: www.freshfruitportal.com

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