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The Technological Innovation Agenda, a project to increase the competitiveness of the Peruvian Olive sector

The Technological Innovation Agenda, a project to increase the competitiveness of the Peruvian Olive sector

2017/03/04 - The Pro Olivo Association -representative institution of the Peruvian olive sector, integrated by processing and exporting companies of table olives and olive oil- is executing the Project "Technological Innovation Agenda for the Technical and Commercial Development of the Olive Tree," which aims to increase the competitiveness of the value chain of table olives and olive oil and has been conceived as a useful tool to generate consensus on the problems and needs of the olive growing sector of the South American country.
With its implementation, according to the information provided by this entity in exclusive to Mercacei, articulated activities will be based on R&D&I of all the actors involved in the olive value chain, increasing the level of investment in these three pillars in order to improve the sector's innovative capacity and competitiveness. Thus, the "Technological Innovation Agenda for the Technical and Commercial Development of the Olive Tree" will become the roadmap through which innovative or technological solutions aimed at the achievement of medium and long-term objectives will be identified.

The development of this project, which is currently in the final stage, comprises four phases: diagnosis of gaps and obstacles that limit olive cultivation in the region of Tacna, identification of technological challenges in R&D, the identification of opportunities for the development of new activities and initiatives of value in the olive sector and the formulation of courses of action and activities necessary to address and overcome identified gaps and opportunities (roadmap).

Nowadays Peru has approximately 30,000 hectares of olive trees, of which 20,000 hectares are in production with an average yield of 6,000 kg. of olive per hectare. 20% of the Peruvian production goes to the elaboration of olive oil and 80% to table olives. According to the Pro Olivo Association, as a result of the growth and productive development of the sector, new varieties are being incorporated with better export market.

The main olive producing regions in Peru are Tacna, Arequipa, Ica, Lima and Moquegua and the main olive varieties used for the production of table olives are Sevillian, Ascolana and Gordal; while the varieties destined to olive oil production are Empeltre, Liguria, Coratina, Frantoio and Pendolino.
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