PERU'S AGRO-EXPORTS TO GROW 30 PCT WITH EU TRADE PACT
Last Updated: 2012-06-28
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LIMA, June 28 (NNN-ANDINA) - Agricultural exports from Peru's Piura region are expected to rise by 30 percent next year because of the newly signed free trade agreement between Peru and the European Union.

Head of the Piura Chamber of Commerce and Production (CCPP), Carlos Sanchez, congratulated the central government on reaching this agreement which, he said, will help create more jobs in the export-oriented agricultural sector.

"With the signing of the FTA, exports will likely grow by 30 percent next year. In addition, [the pact] will create new jobs in the agriculture sector," he told Andina.

For Piura, the trade pact with the EU is seen boosting exports of mangos, grapes, piquillo (peppers), lemons and fish meal, Sanchez added.

He said the trade deals signed by Peru with countries around the globe allowed the region to export US$2.4 billion in products last year.

"That's a very good growth for Piura and is due to the signing of the FTAs," he said.

--NNN-ANDINA