Peruvian mango exports reached a record 150,000 tonnes in 2016/17, 10,000 tonnes more than the previous record in 2012/13, according to producer association Apem.
Apem’s general manager Juan Carlos Rivera said good flowering last July had produced a bumper crop, helping to lift shipments by 20 per cent compared to last season.
Rivera noted that the export volume would have been higher had there not been a water shortage in central and northern coastal regions during the summer.
Together with a dynamic US grape market, the favourable mango season helped lift overall Peruvian fruit exports for January by 13.6 per cent compared with the previous year according to figures released by the Association of Producer Guilds of Peru (Agap).
Table grape shipments rose by 28.2 per cent, with shipments to the US almost doubling compared to the year-earlier period. Grape exports to Hong Kong increased by 7.8 per cent in value, Agap said.
The association noted that banana, citrus, fig and brazil nut exports had also increased this year.