Chile says yes to Peruvian blueberries

SANTIAGO – Chile is opening up its markets for Peruvian blueberries, after the two countries announced this week that they have agreed a working plan paving the way for imports following the conclusion of technical talks between their respective plant health authorities.

According to Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, major exporters such as Talsa, Camposol, Danper and Arato have had considerable success in bringing down the population of fruit flies and will soon be able to eradicate them.

Peru already exports blueberries to North America, Europe, China, Brazil and several other markets.

Chile is the biggest blueberry exporter in the world, shipping more than 100,000 tonnes during the 2016/17 season. However, Peru is poised to seize the top spot in the next five years.