In our country we have not yet multiple products marketed nationally and internationally as we should. Many of them are already doing as Quinoa, Maca, Blueberries, Aguaymanto, amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus) and so on. Potato product of our ancient Inca culture remains the same in its varieties miles an opportunity to favor small farmers from their ancestors cultivated and protect that knowledge and let the world know this native beyond traditional tuber.
The context encouraging innovation, driven by the recovery of the native, and a modern vision of agricultural production, consolidating Peru as the largest producer of potatoes in Latin America, said the project director Propapa-ADERS Peru, Obregon Celfia Ramirez.
He said the 4.69 million tonnes of tubers produced in 2014, also placed the country in 14th place worldwide, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
However, it considered important to boost consumption in the country, currently 85 kilos per person per year. “Our next goal is to surpass the 90 kilos per person year, there is much work to be done and we will insist that challenge,” he said.
He said that innovation in the sector augurs a bright future for the development of the agricultural area, due, in particular, the emergence of new categories of processed products, with own brands, such as native potato snacks colors.
In the recent VI Festival of native potatoes are marketed more than 12,000 kg. Of about 50 varieties in three days, very remarkable figure because it is direct sales of small producers to direct consumers, he said.
Also tens of thousands of units (40g bags and 100g) of snacks made with colored potato pulp produced by farmers who live above 3,500 meters sold and they receive part of the profits from the sales of a product with added value.
Obregon Ramirez expressed satisfaction with the results achieved in the ten years of institutionalization and especially the last five years, which has strengthened and consolidated the organization of producers.
He noted that it allows all producing areas articulate and present an organized supply, unlike other years. The Ministry of Agriculture supports and promotes the development of organizations like the National Association of Potato Growers and Derivatives of Peru (Peru Appapa).
The Appapa Peru brings together the best producers of mumps 12 regions of the Andes (Cajamarca, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima, Huanuco, Pasco, Junin, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Apurimac, Cusco and Puno).
He highlighted the sustained work of the Multisectoral Commission of the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG), along with associations of producers, as well as scientific institutions as the International Potato Center and gastronomic organizations category (Apega), among others.
“Marca Peru” potato
The most promising is the emergence of new products with private labels and packaged quality standards as Native 40g Snacks formats. native potato processing producers of the 12 regions of the country mumps, from Cajamarca to Puno, also the Etiquable brand, with a format of 100g; he said.
We have seen, he said, new presentations of traditional Tunta of Puno, the Tocosh of Ancash and in the dining part, the causes mentioned colored balls served as ice cream, there were also long lines to taste sour Pope.
Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy Minag Cesar Sotomayor Calderon announced the creation of the Peru brand potato Indecopi registering it as “Peruvian Potato” primarily to categorize the hundreds of native potato varieties that could be the target of biopiracy, taken together with other actions this registration and documentation of these products, starting with the most suitable for the market.