The latest Crop Report of the Chilean Kiwi Committee, prepared by Decofrut, states that, due to the complex and unpredictable season that the export sector is facing, it is key to have fruit that has a stable post-harvest behavior so it has a good storage capacity to face possible market flow slowdowns. That's why it is important to harvest the fruit with high parameters of soluble solids, as these are directly related to greater physiological maturity and therefore have a more homogeneous and stable post-harvest behavior.
Despite initial concern about the lack of available manpower, planning and cooperation have allowed the development of the harvest and packaging activities normally after the implementation of preventive measures against COVID-19.
During the month of April (weeks 14 and 15), Chile exported 8,507 tons of kiwis, but unlike the previous fortnight, Europe was the main destination, followed by the Far East and Latin America.
As of week 15-2020, the country has exported in total just over 14,000 tons this season, i.e. 22% less than in the previous season. 89% of the total corresponds to the Hayward variety with 12,476 tons, 9% corresponds to yellow varieties (1,277 tons), and the remaining 2% to other varieties. Among the yellow varieties, the Dori, Soreli, and Jintao varieties stand out with 500 tons, 426 tons, and 141 tons, respectively. The Jintao variety started to be exported on week 14.
So far this season, Latin America has been the main importer with 29% and 4,003 tons. It is followed by the Far East with 3,362 tons (24%), North America with 2,781 tons (20 %), Continental Europe with 2,389 tons (17%), Russia with 1,141 tons (8%), and the Middle East with 340 tons (2%). All market imports have decreased when compared to the 2019 campaign, except Europe, which increased its imports by 120%.
The Committee's report highlights that during the last week, Europe has shown signs of a slow reactivation, driven by the stabilization of COVID-19, the upcoming cessation of mandatory quarantines, and the consequent reactivation of the Eurozone.