Mandarins and blueberries are Peru’s star products. “Those fruits will be among Peru’s priorities when negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with India”, reports Sergio del Castillo, the head of the Association of Citrus Producers from Peru (ProCitrus) to Fresh Plaza .
ProCitrus claims that negotiations are already ahead and phytosanitary protocols are being discussed. India’s health authorities are expected to come to Peru in May or June of this year, to arrange the last details in terms of health and safety standards. Additionally, India wants to finalize negotiations over some sensitive products.
Del Castillo claims that India welcomes the citrus and blueberry products. One of Peru’s advantages over India is its supply, citrus fruits can grow all year round. Even though India is a citrus producer, their production only takes place during particular times of the year. India is not specialized in growing mandarins or blueberries.
Peru is seeking to introduce two mandarin varieties into the Indian market: Satsuma and the W. Murcott. India is familiar with the Satsuma variety as it is popular in other Asian countries such as Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan. W. Murcott is the variety with the biggest production growth in Peru; it is expected to consolidate in the Asian market, as it can be transported long distances.
Do you think those products will be successful in the Indian market?