According to information from the Chilean Blueberry Committee (ASOEX), exports decreased during week 5 reaching 5,996 tons, marking the end of Chile’s peak weeks.
Two weeks after heavy rains, the president of Fedefruta, Jorge Valenzuela, says that in some regions there is no fruit being harvested or packed due to the advanced rotting and fungal disease, all while in full season, leading to massive losses for producers.
Seasonal Chilean fruit crops such as blueberries, table grapes, and stone fruit are reporting serious damages due to intense rains in the central ad southern areas of the country, and in some cases hail, as reported by ASOEX.
Southern hemisphere citrus growers plan to follow up 2020 record demand with another record export crop in 2021.
Chilean grape exports should rebound from last season.
The Chilean cherry season is in full swing, with promotions ongoing throughout January and into early February.
In its second estimate, the Cherry Committee of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) projects greater growth compared to its first estimate (310,352 tons) on Nov. 9.
The Chilean Cherry Export Committee within Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) Santiago, forecasts a record season for 2020-21.
Exports of easy peel citrus varieties continue to grow from Chile, as oranges fall out of favor.
A government report from Chile found that fruit exports dropped 5 percent in volume and 10 percent in value in 2020, and the declines were even steeper for grapes.