Karl Conrads, Grapasa CEO and ARRA territorial representative in South America, describes the ongoing ARRA harvest in Peru and reports: «We are very excited about this season in Peru. The growers started to pick the first bunches of ARRA Sweeties™ and ARRA Passion Fire™ at the beginning of November and we are now in full harvest throughout the regions. We hope not to incur any logistics challenges, as sustained last year. The disruptions caused much distress among growers and exporters and we hope this season this burden will be alleviated. We are keeping a positive attitude so far».
Karl continues: «This year, the ARRA growers in Peru, with the support of Arsenio Duarez, ARRA Agronomist and the Grapasa team, focused on improving their crop’s quality. Much effort was invested across the whole production process aiming to deliver the best ARRA Varieties in terms of both, quality and appearance».
Looking forward Karl concludes: «We will always face challenges, especially in an unpredictable industry such as Fresh Produce nevertheless, we will do our utmost in order to support and guide the ARRA growers to achieve the success they much deserve».
Manuelita is located in Ica, the main table grape-producing region in southern Peru. Situated on the edge of the Atacama desert, it has one of the driest climates in the world.
The harvest of ARRA Passion Fire is ongoing and so far it looks very encouraging, with big, uniform bunches as well as uniform berry size. The Manuelita team successfully achieved the bright colour and firmness that is true to the ARRA Passion Fire characteristics. This season harvest seems to be really good so far and the pictures speak for themselves. The production forecast at Manuelita stands at 3,500 boxes of 8.2Kg per hectare.
Agricola 3P’s ARRA Sweeties harvest started about a week ago and the team is happy with the good quality grapes they are harvesting. Along the rows the bunches are uniform, the berries are even in size, clean and shiny. The team expects to harvest 3,800 boxes of 8.2 Kg per hectare of ARRA Sweeties in Fundo La Cima, Chiclayo. Agricola 3P has been growing ARRA Varieties since 2015 and today we can clearly see how they mastered their skills in growing them.