Chile is the main producer of cherries in South America with an annual production of 31,934 tons of cherries, equivalent to 73% of South American exports.
The region of Aysen, in the south of the country, has enormous strengths and comparative advantages in relation to other areas for the optimal production of this product. It already has 110 hectares in production and 1,000 potentially available hectares that have similar climatic conditions to those in the valleys where the cherries are currently grown, according to a recent study by the University of Chile.
The global panorama of this fruit indicates that the global demand for cherries has experienced a significant increase coinciding with the shortage of the product in the world consumer markets, which facilitates the entry of the Aysen region to this market.
This crop has been developed in the area for three years under better knowledge and technological conditions thanks to the contribution of various training organizations, which has allowed increasing the crop's productive capacity. This has enabled the emergence of various entrepreneurship initiatives.
One of those initiatives is the family business Agricola Chile Chico Cherry Ltda, which made its first aerial export to France, processing and packing the fruit in Chile Chico. During this season, the company's packing facility processed more than 3,000 kilos of cherries, a volume that will increase in the 2018-2019 season to a level that justifies exports by ship, which will reach the markets in March of next year.
During the previous season, all small producers exported 30 tons of fresh fruit; a quantity that they want to increase placing special emphasis on the quality of the product, in order to maintain the excellent impression it has made on the European markets.