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Enough water secured for the next 4 seasons

Rain in Northern Chile provides much needed relief for citrus industry

Recent heavy rains in the Coquimbo region of Chile are filling up reservoirs and providing much needed relief for an industry that has been under pressure from years of drought. 

In Week 19, an average of 99.28 mm of rain fell in the Coquimbo region, where Chilean clementines are currently being harvested. The Chilean Citrus Committee reports that as of May 17, enough water has been secured for the next four seasons. This is excellent news for the Chilean Citrus industry.

Harvesting stopped for a few days, but has now resumed. Many orchards will continue to harvest during the weekend to normalize volumes. As of Week 19, Chilean clementine exports totaled 411 thousand boxes (6,550 tons), up 88% from the same date last season. 

Of this volume, 99% (6,507 tons) has been sent to the USA (74% to the East Coast and 26% to the West Coast). The heavy volumes have resulted from an early Clementine season and new orchards coming into production.

Chile anticipates another blockbuster season for citrus, with strong volumes of mandarins and navels available through October.

For more information, please contact:  
Karen Brux 
Chilean Fresh Fruit Association 
Tel: +56 650 654-0777

Publication date: 5/19/2017


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