Italy: Production of Abate Fetel pear down 45%

The final figures released on October 10, 2012 by CSO Service Center vegetables in Ferrara on the estimated Abate Fetel production in 2012 confirm and, indeed, reinforce what has already been indicated in recent months.

The drop in production by 45% recorded for the Abate Fetel, which represents more than 80% in the Emilia-Romagna region, is attributable in particular, to the drought during the growth period of the fruit which led to lower gauges and, consequently, a significant reduction of the overall supply.

Already during the forecast, a production well below the record year 2011 was estimated; an update of estimates brings production to 45% less than last year and very close to 2010's levels, the year remembered by all as among the most "scarce" of the decade.

On the other hand a good quality is recorded in the fruits, both from the appearance and taste perspectives.

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