Peru is the first potato producer
Tuberculo is the livelihood of more than 700,000 peasant families in high Andean areas
Peru has already established itself as the main producer of potatoes in Latin America and is the second in the Americas, after the United States, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) reported today.
“The indicators indicate that we are already the first in all of Latin America and that we occupy the 11th position worldwide,” said the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, José Manuel Hernández.
The General Director of Agriculture of Minagri, Ángel Manero, pointed out that “Peru is the second producer of potatoes in the continent, after the United States, and we are ranked 11th in the world, after China, India, the United States and Russia, mainly”.
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In accordance with the official laws in 2016, we produced a little more than 4.5 million tons, spread over a planted area of 318,530 hectares, with an average yield of 14.5 tons per hectare.
Support for 711,313 families
He stated that the Peruvian potato is the main tuber in Peru and is the livelihood of 711,313 families in the especially high Andean areas.
The cultivation of this product has allowed the creation of more than 110,000 permanent jobs, generating almost 33.4 million wages and also represents 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), allowing the world to provide nearly 3,000 varieties of potatoes, he said.
In this regard, he recalled that those more than 700,000 families are distributed in 19 regions of the country, being the agricultural areas of higher production Puno, Huánuco, Cusco, Cajamarca, Huancavelica, Junín, among others.
“The production of the tuber is concentrated in the mountains by 90%,” he said during the ceremony to present the activities for the “National Potato Day”, whose central date is celebrated on May 30.
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For its part, Manero said that there are almost 3.5 million Peruvians who are engaged and are linked to the cultivation of this tuber.
Improvement of income of producers
Manero said that it is important to work to improve the income of potato producers and one of the axes of work is the one referring to the markets, promoting and promoting the consumption of this tuber.
It is also necessary to work on the productivity of potato crops by promoting the use of seeds and fertilizers, he noted.