Chile's kiwi harvests are coming to an end. The Chilean Kiwi Committee stated in its latest Crop Report that the harvest in the north-central zone, between Aconcagua and O'Higgins, is practically finished and that the harvest in the central south part, from Maule to the south, has only one week left on average.
"In general, there are a greater number of fruits in the orchards, but of a smaller caliber. The drought and extreme heat had a greater negative effect in the north than in the south. Many producers, alerted by the drought, were very attentive to irrigation and their results were better than in previous years, thanks to their greater dedication," stated Carlos Cruzat, the Chairman of the Kiwi Committee.
"The fruit is healthy and without rot. It has good dry matter, soluble solids that were slightly behind at the beginning of the harvests, and that normalized from the middle of the season. Even though in some orchards the fruit's appearance was affected by the sun and warm summer, this year's fruit has better aesthetics overall,” Cruzat added.
As of week 17-2020, Chile has exported a little more than 30,700 tons of kiwi, i.e. 20% less than in 2019.
To date, Chile has shipped 9,401 tons of kiwis to Europe (30%), 7,387 tons (24%) to the Far East, 6,353 tons (21%) to Latin America, and 4,281 tons (14%) to North America. These destinations are followed by Russia (6%) and the Middle East (5%), with 1,893 and 1,439 tons respectively
28,555 tons (93%) of the Chilean kiwi exported corresponds to the Hayward variety, 6% to yellow varieties (1,970 tons), and the remaining 1% to other varieties. It's worth noting that, compared to the previous season, there's been a 20% decrease in shipments of the Hayward variety and, within the remaining volume of the other varieties, an increase in participation of yellow pulp fruit, such as Dori, Soreli, and Jintao, which absorb 78% of the offer.