The recent severe weather in central Chile has directly impacted the fruit growing industry, bringing severe losses to peaches, grapes, and blueberries.
According to the chairman of Fedefruta, “Unusual weather in Chile created another disaster, causing huge losses to the growers during the fruit harvest and export season.”
The chairman stated that they are facing a loss of up to 50% in table grapes, which is one of the most seriously affected fruits in the fruit sector. The losses of peaches, blueberries, and other fruits are between 60%-100%.
As for prices, the chairman said, “We have been asked many times whether fruit prices will rise. The fact is that our production capacity far exceeds demand, so it will not affect export prices to China.”