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New blueberry varieties account for 70% of Chilean blueberry exports

According to the Harvest Report of the Chilean blueberry campaign corresponding to week 1 of 2020, which was prepared by Iqosulting and published by the Blueberry Committee of Asoex, the crops remain concentrated in the central-south area, where production continues to peak. The focus has moved to the mid-season varieties. The Legacy and Brigitta varieties are dominating, while the volume of the earliest varieties is already decreasing. The Southern Zone is increasing its participation and, even though it still hasn't peaked, there is an increase in volumes over last season.

The report highlights that during week 52, which was interrupted by Christmas celebrations and low-intensity rains that affected some collecting areas, the country exported 8,620 tons, accumulating a total of 47,821 tons to date (1% more than in the same week last season).

Even though the total volumes exported are similar to the previous year, there is a change in the configuration of varieties so far this season. Thus, at week 52 and with a 42% advance of the season, there has been a 53% decrease over the previous season in the export of the varieties that producers were recommended not to export, and only account for 1% of the total exported. In addition, there has been a 15% decrease of the varieties that have handling and harvest period restrictions, reaching 29% of the total exported.

Finally, the group of new varieties or those that have demonstrated good post-harvest behavior have increased by 17% and account for 70% of the total.

Shipments of organic blueberries continue to increase and, up until week 52, amounted to 5,206 tons, accounting for 11% of the total exported to date and 45% more than in the previous year.

Crop Status
The season has ended in the Northern Zone, and there are only a few limited harvest volumes in the Valparaiso region.

In the Central Zone, the decreasing volumes in O'Higgins stand out. The crops are in their final stage, with the latest collections of Emerald and Legacy varieties.

In the Central-Southern region of the country, the crops are still peaking, although more focused on mid-season varieties, such as Legacy and Brigitta, which are increasing.

In the Southern Zone, the harvest is focused on La Araucania, mainly on the Duke variety which shows an advance in its harvest and an increase in shipments. The harvest of other varieties, such as the Legacy, is also starting. The region of Los Rios is just starting to harvest the Duke variety.



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