According to data from the National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service, Senasa, Argentina's apple sales to the domestic market totaled 157,019 tons during the first eight months of the year, which represents an increase of 19% over the same period of last year, when the volume reached 131,000 tons. Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Santa Fe are still the most important destinations for the supply of the Rio Negro and Neuquen Valley.
At the end of the first half of the year, sales to the domestic market of this species remained at levels below those of the 2018 season. However, starting July, the output of fruit from the cold stores accelerated, reaching the end of August with a significant jump in sales.
"The greater shipments do not mean that the market is reacting in a positive way," said one of the operators that has sales spots in the Central Market of Buenos Aires. According to different queries made in the market, a box of very good quality apples can be placed at more than 1,000 pesos. However, that same box, with low-quality fruit, can be obtained for less than 500 pesos. “The high values achieved in the domestic market represent less than 15% of the total sales of apples. That is the reality,” the executive stated.
Everything indicates that this year the domestic market will increase its demand compared to the 2018 season. For now, the numbers reflect that. This means that, for sure, sales throughout 2019 to this destination will exceed 300,000 tons.
According to the official report, 82,337 tons of pears were placed in the domestic market in the first eight months of the year, a volume that represents a 14% year-over-year jump.
Thus, pear placements for all of 2019 will exceed 100,000 tons. However, pear prices in the domestic market are low for the low-quality fruit. Different sources indicate that they range between 30 and 50 pesos per kilo in supermarkets.