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Peruvian agricultural exports top $1.7 billion in the first half of 2013

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The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) announced this week that Peru’s agricultural exports climbed to $ 1.71 billion during the first half of 2013.

According to official data from the sector’s Office of Statistical and Economic Studies (OEEE) there was an increase in shipments of undenatured ethyl alcohol (28,000 tons), fresh avocados (16,000 tons), fresh mangoes (16,000 tons), sugar (11,000 tons), bananas (7,000 tons), and frozen mango (7,000 tons).

In the same six-month period, non-traditional agricultural exports totaled $1.53 billion, representing a 5.2 percent volume growth of exports from 2012 ($ 1.46 billion) and accounting for 89.58 percent of total exports.

According to the Andina news agency, this performance was due to higher sales of asparagus in its three types: fresh, canned and frozen, which increased by 14.27 percent ($28 million), while mangoes grew by 9.27 percent ($12 million), fresh grapes by 8.83 per cent ($ 10 million) and fresh avocado by 17.83 percent ($ 15 million).

The main export market for Peruvian agricultural exports were United States, which accounted for 24.2 percent of the total.

It was followed by the Netherlands with 15.05 percent, Spain (6.34 percent), Ecuador (5.50 percent), Germany (4.99 percent) and Colombia (4.34 percent), which all together accounted for 60.46 percent of total exports.

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