USDA Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual – Argentina

Argentine fruit growers continue to struggle with production costs, difficult economic & financial environment

For 2019/2020, Argentine fresh deciduous fruit production is forecast at 550,000 tons for fresh apples and 590,000 tons for fresh pears, unchanged from the revised 2018/19 levels.

Apples
For 2019/2020, Post forecasts apple production at 550,000 tons, unchanged from revised 2018/2019 levels. Although planted area is estimated to continue to decrease, new, more vigorous orchards with higher yields are entering production which, added to favorable weather conditions, are expected to help maintain production levels. For 2018/2019, Post projects apple production at 550,000 tons, down 1.7% from 2017/2018. This revised projection is 40,000 tons less than prior Post and USDA estimates as poor weather conditions including excess rain, hail, and high humidity levels during the winter and spring of 2018 reduced production.

For 2017/2018, production remains unchanged at 560,000 tons for apples, in line with official estimates.The main apple varieties in production are Red Delicious (64 percent), Granny Smith (14 percent), Gala (13 percent), Cripps Pink/Pink Lady (6 percent) and others (3 percent).

Pears
For 2019/2020, Post forecasts fresh pear production at 590,000 tons unchanged from revised 2018/2019 levels.  As in apples, a return to normal weather conditions is expected to compensate for lower planted and harvested area. For 2018/2019, fresh pear production is projected at 590,000 tons, up 1.7% from 2017/2018. This revised projection is 10,000 tons less than prior Post and USDA estimates as poor weather conditions including excess rain, hail and high humidity levels during the winter and spring of 2018 reduced production below expectations. For 2017/2018, pear production remained unchanged at 580,000 tons, in line with official estimates.

The main pear varieties are Packham’s Triumph (41 percent), D’Anjou (24 percent), Williams (16 percent), Abate Fetel (6 percent), Bosc (5 percent), and others (8 percent).

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