Chilean organic sector exports boom
The Chilean organic crop sector is growing at an annual rate of 20%, the business newswire, Maritimo Portuario, reports. The domestic market is worth $200,000 a month but the major driver of the industry lies in exports. The export boom started in 2000, when the trade amounted to $2.9 million, and rose to $8 million three years later and $20 million by 2006. The major markets were the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Fruits and vegetables dominate and the largest risers since the turn of the century are wine, apples, kiwi fruit, honey, cereals, olive oil and berries, the newswire adds.