In the 144th session of Folovap, Jorge Valenzuela, the president of the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta), which is formed by 27 trade associations, analyzed the situation of the fruit export sector, evaluated the results of 2019, and spoke about the sector's expectations for 2020.
He also thanked the ports and the Livestock and Customs Agricultural Service for how they've handled port operations and exports in the country's current context and stated that the Fedefruta's biggest concern was the logistics issue.
According to Fedefruta, 2019 has been positive especially thanks to the role of cherry. He also highlighted that China would continue to be the sector's main buyer in 2020. "Cherry is the star product to lead Chilean exports. Grape is in the process of changes, but its sale is assured and nut exports have increased by 34% in volume and value,” he said.
On the other hand, fresh fruit exports decreased by 4.8% in volume and 1.2% in value. Regarding the projections for 2020, Jorge Valenzuela said that blueberry was very important in Chile. He also said that, even though the social situation still allowed them to have faith in the export logistics process in general, there were investment funds that have emigrated to Peru and Colombia very quickly.
The president of Fedefruta also emphasized the impact that the drought is having on production. “Without water, there is no agriculture and if this situation continues by 2020 it could affect the size of the fruits. Let's not forget that fruits are almost 90% water,” he said.