LA CALERA AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS
La Calera Group is a family owned business with three generations of experience in the agricultural industry. As one of the leading citrus farms in Perú, it controls 17 estates under production sited in 7 different valleys, with over 1000 hectares, along the southern coast of Perú (southern hemisphere).
The region has a typical desert climate. With no rain to interfere in the agricultural production, the fruit is very reliable in terms of harvest dates and volumes. The high luminosity during the day gives high brix to the fruit, and the cold nights confer the proper color to it. The weather conditions also offer different micro climates, which make it possible to produce very late or very early fruit, and the overall result is the establishment of top quality plants.
Nearly 800 hectares of soft citrus, along with 200 hectares of Hass avocados and 150 hectares of table grapes, supply almost a yearlong of optimal fruit production.
Farming operations are highly mechanised and include careful orchard management with complete dripping irrigation. The picking of the fruit is done exclusively by hand and transported in our own fleet of vehicles directly to the packing house (Prolan) where all the export process begins.
La Calera Farm
Is the main farm located in Chincha. After the agrarian reform in 1969, La Calera was left with only 50 hectares. These days, La Calera is over 350 hectares and produces a wide variety of citrus, avocados, lucuma, peaches, and apples. This is where the administration centre is located and all the egg business is hosted.
Is a grape farm located in Ica (100 kms south of Chincha). Ica is known to be the best valley for very early grape production. All its orchards are over spanich Parronal. The main varieties are red globe, white seedless, flame and crimson for early production. Complete lack of rain guarantees the yearly crop.
Controls 2 farms; one located in Lurin, (30 kms southe of Lima), it produces Black Missin figs which are airfreight to destinations from October to February. The other farm produces citrus in Chilca ( 60 kms south of Lima); early satsumas and late mandarins.
There are 3 farms in this area with over 150 hectares of citrus plantations. Account for an important part of the early satsumas, as well as the as the later mandarins. This area is characterized for its covered skies with high humidity yiedlding high crop.
Besides La Calera main farms, 7 other citrus farms host over 250 hectares under production in this valley, with clementines, satsumas and minneolas, New varieties are being introduced in this area like late mandarins, lates oranges and grapefruit.
Located in the area of Lanchas, 2 farms produce mainly minneolas for the export market. One of these farms also hosts Pomegranates and Quebranta grapes ( for producing Pisco, Peru’s national liquor).