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Peru: Exports of cape gooseberries increased 81.5%

Staff Writer |
Between January and September of this year, cape gooseberry exports amounted to $2.4 million dollars.

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This is 81.5% more than the $1.3 million dollars achieved in the same period of 2015, stated Sierra y Selva Exportadora, of the Ministry of Agriculture.

In these nine months Peru exported cape gooseberries to 35 countries. The US was the main destination, as exports of this product amounted to $770,662 dollars and accounted for 29% of shipments abroad.

The U.S. was followed by Netherlands (22% of total), Germany (14%), Japan (11%), Canada (6%), and Korea (4%), according to data from Customs.

During this period, Peru exported cape gooseberries in different presentations, such as fresh, dried, organic dehydrated, organic cape gooseberry pulp, chocolate covered cape gooseberries, and organic cape gooseberry jam, among others.

Through the National Peru Berries Program, Sierra y Selva Exportadora provides guidance to small producers of cape gooseberries in nine regions of the country: Cajamarca, Lambayeque, Huanuco, Ancash, Lima, Junín, Arequipa, Cusco, and Moquegua.

They support producers through courses, workshops and field visits, where they teach producers about crop management and certifications to achieve a better quality. They also give them support throughout the whole production, marketing, and export processes, as well as in adding value to their products.

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