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Peruvian onion volume up 10 percent this season

Officials from Peru estimate that the country’s 2013 Peruvian onion crop will increase by 10 percent when compared to 2012. The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics of the Regional Management of Agriculture of La Libertad announced on April 16 that volume is anticipated to be 40,000 tons of onions grown on more than 1,000 hectares of land.

According to Luis Díaz Vergara, this compares to a total volume in 2012 of 34,913 tons. The lion’s share of volume came from Viru, Ascope and Chepen, production provinces located in the country’s coastal region.

CropOVPeru anticipates is overall onion production for the 2013-2014 crop year will increase 10 percent when compared to last season. (Photo courtesy of Curry & Co.)The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that the 2009 implementation of the Peru Trade Promotion Agreement has had a positive effect on international trade, facilitating relationships between exporters and importers while protecting “U.S. investors and U.S. copyrights, trademarks and patents registered in Peru.”

In 2013, the CIA World Factbook stated, “The Peruvian economy has been growing by an average of 6.4 percent per year since 2002 with a stable/slightly appreciating exchange rate and low inflation, which in 2013 is expected to be below the upper limit of the Central Bank target range of 1 to 3 percent.”

This past January, Miguel Ognio, chief executive officer for Keyperú S.A., said a total of 125,112 tons of sweet onions were produced in Peru during the 2012-13 season. The United States was the receiver of 95 percent of this volume.

On Aug. 8, the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the price on Feb. 21 for both jumbos and colossals ranged from $22-25 per 40-pound carton for Peruvian yellow granex onions marked as sweet.

According to the news service Andina, “The Foreign Trade Society of Peru (ComexPerú), reported that the United States buys 57 percent of the Peruvian exports of onions, with $11 million in the first eight months of 2012, 81 percent more than what was acquired in the same period of last year.”

Last season, exports for fresh and chilled onions and shallots increased 10 percent, showing high demand from January to August.

USDA’s Economic Research Service released its report, Vegetables and Pulses Yearbook Data/#89011, on May 31. According to the report, the value of Peruvian onions imported by the United States in 2012 was $36.2 million.

The United States typically receives its first shipments of Peruvian onions in mid-August.

Although the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture did not have any volume data for shipments on Aug. 6, the agency reported that a total of 1,385 units, each 100,000 pounds in weight, were imported from Peru last season. Of this total, 16 units moved into the United States during the period July 29-Aug. 4, 2012.