Maca growers and MINCETUR improve maca management

By Hillary Ojeda The Guardian recently reported the serious consequences for Peru due to Chinese grown maca.     The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR), Prom-Peru, and growers agree to improve management of the growth and production of Peruvian maca root. With the signing of an institutional agreement, these three entities will be working [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 February 13th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles|0 Comments

Peru’s maca boom could fall flat if China starts growing its own

Chinese demand for the Andean crop is getting cash flowing to farmers, but suspicions of biopiracy are leading to calls to protect Peru’s natural resources. The high plain stretches as far as the eye can see and the glint of sun on water in the distance marks Lake Junin. This highland lagoon, which gives this [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 February 9th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Maca patent requests emerging in Poland, China

By Hillary Ojeda Rising demands of maca abroad have brought issues of biopiracy with it. The Peruvian National Commission Against Biopiracy is reviewing a patent for maca, after an application emerged from Poland. The last few years have seen an astronomical increase in shipments of native Peruvian maca root abroad, and as well multiple cases [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 January 15th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles, Noticias|0 Comments

Peru’s maca farmers fear Chinese demand for ‘Andean Viagra’ will cause smuggling

By Dan Collyns (@CCTV_dancollyns) Sales of a Peruvian root called “maca” have boomed due to an unprecedented Chinese demand. The root is said to boost fertility, increase energy, and even have an aphrodisiac effect. Despite the growth in sales, some worry that demand is leading to smuggling. CCTV America’s Dan Collyns reported the story from Junin, Peru. [...]

By | 2018-06-25T16:40:49-05:00 January 9th, 2015|Destacados, n_ingles|0 Comments