The province of Rio Negro is about to start its top fruit harvest season in a difficult context marked by an estimated 20% increase in pear volume, according to INTA, and an important decline in the final volume and quality for apples. In addition, producers expect there will be no market, or a very limited one, for their apples.
The sector's lack of profitability and the climatic events recorded in recent months have influenced the decrease in the quantity and quality of the apple harvest this season, stated Mauricio Molinaro, the president of the Chamber of Agricultural Producers of Villa Regina, Godoy, Chichinales and Valle Azul. An assessment that coincides with the one made by the Federation of Producers of Rio Negro and the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Fruit Growers, CAFI.
The scenario in the department of Roca, where the beginning of the harvest is imminent, but there is uncertainty regarding sales, is very similar, stated Daniel Perez, the president of the Chamber of Producers of Roca. “No companies are buying fruit. There are producers who are part of cooperatives that have societies and places to deliver their products. They don't know what they are going to charge for their fruit but they know they are selling it. However, there are many producers who don't know where they'll sell it,” said Perez.
Producers from the region of Allen, Rio Negro, have very good expectations for the pear, which could have better prices than last year. However, the apple-producing sector has already announced that there is an important decrease that exceeds 30% in some cases.
Meanwhile, Rio Colorado producers are working on the Clapp's Favourite and Beurre Giffard varieties. In the coming days, the seal for the Williams variety will come out. The first marketed lots of pears in the domestic market managed to get out quickly with good values.
According to estimates, the approximately 350 hectares of pear plantations in Rio Colorado will yield a total of 12,000 tons, 25% of which will be allocated to the juice industry.