Peru: Exponential growth for Cuzco avocados

April 26 , 2018

While it only accounts for a miniscule fraction of Peru's booming avocado industry, production the Andean region of Cuzco is making leaps and bounds.

According to Peru's National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA) the area of Limatambo only exported 10 metric tons (MT) of the fruit in 2013, but that figure has grown exponentially to 280MT in 2016 and 777MT in 2017.

To date this year, SENASA has already certified 1,073MT for export from the region.

The government entity certifies various aspects of the supply chain to ensure the phytosanitary health of the product, from the field through to the vehicles that carry the fruit to packing houses in Ica, as well as the facilities themselves.

Export markets include Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, China, the United States and Canada.

Limatambo Deputy Manager for Economic Development, Valentín Arizaca, said only about 50% of the harvest was complete with picking set to finish in July.

He said Limatambo was the most important avocado-growing district in the Cuzco region, comprising 15 sectors and 225 growers who export around 70% of production and sell the remainder domestically.