USDA - Tree Nuts Annual 2019

Chile’s almond area to remain at 8,800 ha in coming years

In MY2018/19, Chile’s almond planted area reached 8,867 hectares (ha). It is projected that the planted area will remain at 8,800 ha in the following marketing years. Almond planted area is in the central part of the country, specifically in the Metropolitan region and O’Higgins region, which together make up for 70 percent of the total planted area.

There is also almond production in the Valparaiso and Coquimbo regions. Almond orchards require very specific climatic conditions, which take place only in the central regions, thus limiting its expansion to the southern regions such as Maule, Biobio, Ñuble and Araucania, which are increasing planted area for fruit crops such as cherries and hazelnuts.

In MY 2018/19, climatic conditions were optimal for almond production with few rainfalls in the early spring and absence of frosting, which favored blooming and productivity, thus almond production totaled 9,500 MT.

However, in MY2019/20, rainfall and frosting in the early spring is likely to affect almond production since almond trees have an early bloom, compared to other fruit production trees.

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