In this installment of the ‘Agronometrics In Charts’ series, Sarah Ilyas studies the state of the Peruvian blueberry season. Each week the series looks at a different horticultural commodity, focusing on a specific origin or topic visualizing the market factors that are driving change.
According to Proarándanos, the latest data reveals a 25% decrease in Peru’s blueberry exports compared to the same period in the previous season, totaling 10,000 tons until the last week of July. The decrease is attributed to lower blueberry production caused by high temperatures induced by El Niño, as explained by Luis Miguel Vegas, the General Manager of the organization.
For the ongoing 2023-2024 campaign, which started in May and ends in April next year, Proarándanos had anticipated a decline in exports, especially during its key phase.”A month ago we made a projection in which the volume could fall by 10% to 15% in this campaign. We need to update this projection,” Vegas stated.
One of the most affected varieties is the Ventura blueberry, planted across 6,000 hectares in Peru and accounting for about 35% of the country’s blueberry exports. “The delay in its production has an obvious impact on the export volume,” Vegas said. This situation highlights the need for ongoing monitoring and adaptable strategies within the blueberry industry, taking into account the relationship between weather patterns and agricultural processes.
In week 34, prices climbed by 15.20% marking a $0.91 increase on the prices recorded on August 21, from $5.99 to $6.90.
ProArándanos has strategically outlined key areas of focus in its agenda for the upcoming years. These areas encompass crucial aspects aimed at propelling the blueberry industry forward. The organization is diligently working towards expanding market reach under favorable conditions through collaboration with Senasa. Concurrently, efforts are underway to boost consumption within major markets, driven by partnerships with international stakeholders. Moreover, ProArándanos is dedicated to facilitating production and export processes by closely coordinating with the public sector through AGAP (Association of Agricultural Grower Unions of Peru). The organization is committed to promoting industry-wide education by providing comprehensive statistical insights, predictive forecasts, and social-environmental impact indicators. A vital objective on the agenda is sustainable development, characterized by the adoption of efficient resource management practices and environmentally conscious agricultural methodologies. Through these concerted efforts, ProArándanos aims to ensure the blueberry industry’s sustainable growth, informed decision-making, and harmonious alignment with ecological considerations.
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All pricing for domestic US produce represents the spot market at Shipping Point (i.e. packing house/climate controlled warehouse, etc.). For imported fruit, the pricing data represents the spot market at Port of Entry.
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Written by: Sarah Ilyas