The Institute of Rural Development of Mendoza presented in San Rafael an estimate of the plum harvest for industry. According to the statistical analysis, which has been carried out for 20 years, the South oasis is expected to produce 51,357 tons of fresh plums, i.e. 66% less than last year.
According to the IDR technicians, last year the estimate was 150 thousand tons of fresh plums. "The analysis we do is about the quantity and size of fruit expected for the next season," said the head of the Institute's Strategic Information Area, Cecilia Fernandez, who was accompanied by Alfredo Baroni, a technical coordinator.
"This decrease is due to climatic contingencies, mostly due to the frosts and some warm winds, which also led to a reduction in fruit set," said Fernandez. “There was also a slight decrease in plum area for industry,” he added.
Despite the decrease in production, IDR technicians assured that the fruit’s quality would be better this year, since the less fruit there is in a tree, the better the sizes.
"In Mendoza we have very good plum quality in general. We have optimal conditions for drying it, so we have no fruit quality issues," Fernandez said. Baroni added: "We also made a forecast for the peach for industry and we estimate there will be 127,240 tons of peach, which is 9% less than last year. However, sizes will be better.”
This harvest estimate is conducted using a methodology and work scheme that ensures an error margin of less than 10% via the sampling of nearly 1,000 properties throughout the province.