(Dec. 7, PACKER WEB EXCLUSIVE) Sun World International LLC, in collaboration with numerous wholesalers and retailers, has made a $30,000 contribution to help rebuild agricultural areas devastated by an earthquake that struck Ica, Peru in August.

Bruce Burton, president of Bakersfield, Calif.-based Sun World, and Mike Aiton, senior vice president of sales and marketing, presented the check to the Peruvian minister of agriculture Ismael Benavides Ferreyros on Nov. 29 in Lima, according to a news release.

The money is the result of Sun World’s Ica Aid earthquake recovery program, in which the company donated $25.00 for each pallet of Peruvian minneolas imported, and the program was largely supported by retailers and wholesalers, the release said.

The effort began within a week of the Aug. 15 earthquake, according to the release.

“This check represents how effective the produce industry can be in times of natural disasters and represents a contribution made by 57 retailers and wholesalers,” Burton said in the release.

Peru has emerged as an important exporter, supplying the U.S. with citrus, asparagus and grapes, and the donated money is expected to help reconstruct the agricultural communities of Ica, Chincha and Pisco, the release said.