Peru seeks to expand organic farming
The production of organic crops in Peru is one of the Ministry of Agriculture’s major commitments, the Minister, Ismael Benavides, says. The Ministry’s plant and animal health service, the Senasa, hosted the first meeting of the network of competent authorities for organic agriculture of the Americas in September. The event brought together representatives from Latin America and the EU’s European Commission. Exports of organic produce from Peru amounted to $161 million in 2007, with coffee, bananas and cocoa accounting for 95% of sales. The organic crop area in Peru covers 273,743 ha. The Ministry wants to stimulate the sector. “The supply of exportable organic produce in Peru is based on nine crops, but there is potential for more than 100,” Mr Benavides says.