Between 2012 and 2018, blueberry production grew at an average annual rate of 206%, going from 100 tons to 89,735 tons in said period, according to a recent study by the General Directorate for Monitoring and Evaluation of Policies of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).
According to the report, in 2012 the country produced 100 tons, in 2013 it produced 1,700 tons, in 2014, production amounted to 2,600 tons; in 2015, it stood at 10,700 tons; in 2016 it increased to 28,400 tons; in 2017 production totaled 52,300 tons, and in 2018 it reached 89,735 tons.
In these 7 years the increase in production was driven by a greater growth of the installed surface and the increase in yield, the report added. In fact, the surface went from 188 hectares in 2012 to 7,884 hectares in 2018 (the accumulated growth between the seven agricultural seasons was 4,094%, at an average annual rate of 86.4%) and the increase in yield reached a rate of 41% a year.
In 2012, there were 188 hectares devoted to this fruit but only 56 hectares were harvested, in 2013 there were 391 hectares installed and 183 hectares were harvested; in 2014 there were 1,371 hectares (336 were harvested); in 2015, there were 1,967 hectares installed (1,232 were harvested); in 2016, there were 4,198 hectares (2,299 were harvested); in 2017, there were 6,261 hectares (3,780 were harvested), and in 2018 there were 7,884 hectares and 5,862 were harvested. Between 2012 and 2018, the harvested area grew at a rate of 117% per year.