In its new Crop Report, the Chilean Kiwi Committee indicated that the harvests are progressing normally between the V and the VII region, with volumes lower than in the 2018 season. The parameters are within the normal dates for this species, so the increase in the demands on the harvest parameters are not affecting the beginning of the harvesting work. The climate has been identified as the most determining element.
The report also states that the different markets are still supplied, mainly with fruit from the northern or local hemispheres. The movement in Europe has been slower than in previous seasons, and there is sufficient volume to reach until the end of May. "Therefore, not hurrying to start the harvests and exports would favor the clearing of markets before the arrival of important volumes of fruit from Chile," the Committee said in the document.
To date Chile has exported a little more than 5 thousand tons, i.e. 18% less than in 2018. Of the total exported, 70% of the volume corresponds to the Hayward variety and the remaining volume to other varieties; the Summer, Dori, and Soreli Kiwis account for 84% of the remaining offer.
Up until week 13 the main destination of the Chilean kiwi has been Latin America with a 41% share, followed by the Far East with 28%, North America with 23%, Russia with 4% and Europe with 3%. All markets show a decrease compared to the previous season, except Latin America, which grew by 31%.
During the last fortnight of March, the kiwi harvest took place between the regions of Valparaiso and Maule. At the end of week 11, the Soreli variety was harvested in the Valparaíso Region in the early fields, as well as in coastal sectors of the O'Higgins and Maule regions. The harvest of the Summer Kiwi variety ended during week 13, in late zones of the Maule Region.
The harvest of the Hayward variety extended to the regions between Valparaíso and O'Higgins during the last two weeks. A greater number of fields with their respective maturity units have started the harvest, as they have reached the appropriate harvest parameters for the fruit to be sent to fruit processing facilities. However, the collection is still limited.
It is still too early to have an overview of the calibres, but the trend has been achieving similar or greater sizes than in the previous season.
Chile started to export kiwi during week 8, one week later than in 2018. To date (week 13), the country has exported 5,111 tons of kiwi, 3,576 tons (70%) of which correspond to the Hayward variety and 1,534 tons (30%) to other varieties.
The Kiwi Committee's Crop Report also analyzed the situation of this fruit in different markets, which can be found in the document HERE .