USDA Gain Report

Chile: 4.2 percent decrease in apple exports 2018/19

For marketing year (MY) 2018/19, it is estimated Chile’s apple production will reach 1.24 million tons with 720,000 tons of exports assuming average yields and a 4.2 percent decrease over MY2017/18 in planted areas.

So far, climatic conditions in Chile’s growing areas have been normal.

The top market for Chilean table grapes is the United States. Post estimates MY2018/19 table grape exports at 720,000 tons, a 1.5 percent decrease over MY2017/18, assuming average level yields, and one percent decrease in planted area. Post projects MY2018/19 Chile’s pear production to reach 250,000 tons and exports total 127,000 tons, a 2.3 percent export decrease over MY2017/18.

Chile’s pear planted area in MY2018/19 totaled 8,217
hectares, a 3.8 percent decrease over 2017/18.

Chile’s total apple planted area decreased from 37,545 ha in 2013/14 to 34,427 ha in 2017/18. This decrease is explained by the fact that apple exports have not been as profitable as other fruit crops such as cherries, walnuts or hazelnuts.

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