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Peru: Agro-exports to reach $7 billion

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Peruvian agro-exports will total some $7 billion in 2018 and will be mainly destined for the Asian market, Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri) projected.

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"This year, agro-exports will reach $7 billion, thus registering a growth rate of 8%," Minagri Head Jose Arista expressed.

Likewise, the official pointed out coffee ($700 million), blueberries ($400 million), and avocados experienced the greatest increases last year.

The minister also highlighted the need for agricultural producers to diversify their production and conquer new international markets.

"For instance, trade with Asia grew by 53% and, therefore, greater intervention by the National Agricultural Sanitation Service [Senasa] is required to increase exports," he noted.

According to Minagri, agro-exports may have reached $6.3 billion in 2017, due to higher shipments of blueberries, as well as greater dynamism of avocado exports to Asian markets, particularly to China.

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