Quinoa exports will increase between 10% and 15% this year, which would exceed the US$200 million recorded in 2014, Deputy Minister of Development and Agrarian Infrastructure and Irrigation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) Jorge Montenegro affirmed.
As for its production, Peru ranks first, followed by Bolivia, considering that it hit more than 111,000 tons last year.
“About 36,000 tons were allocated for exports, which amounted to almost US$200 million (FOB—Free on Board) last year. This year’s growth projection is between 10% and 15%, in proportion to the increase observed in 2014,” he pointed out.
He said the United States, Canada and various European countries are some of the most important markets for this product.
Works are being undertaken in the VRAEM region–Valley formed by Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers– aimed at replacing cocoa leaf crops with those of cocoa, coffee, pineapple, ginger, and stevia. About 14,000 hectares have been substituted already.
“Our projection for December is to convert more than 30,000 hectares; we are half way to the goal, and we hope to reach it,” he added.