In a significant development, Peru, a Latin American country known for cultivation of quinoa, has got permission from the ministry of agriculture to export the protein-rich grain to India.
“We got the first phytosanitary licence to sell quinoa in India, which is considered as one of the main markets of the world vegetable consumption,” the ambassador of Peru to India, Javier Paulinich, told FE.
The approval came after a long process lasting close to two years, said the diplomat, who specified that the product has sanitary authorisation with effect from December 10.
“This is an important step to strengthen trade and economic relations between India and Peru. There is a growing demand for quinoa in this country, so the commercial potential of this product is very high,” Paulinich said, adding, “we are in talks with several agro business companies looking for joint ventures to get quinoa here.”
According to Peruvian diplomatic sources, in the Asian market quinoa is treated with “gourmet product” and a half kg of this grain can cost around $10. Peru is home to quinoa, a 5,800 years old grain that has double of protein compared to any other cereal in the world. It combines characteristics of cereal and oilseed with high nutritional value, especially protein.