As confirmed by data from the Foreign Trade Statistics Department of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses of Argentina (INDEC), in January 2021, pear exports increased by almost 60% over the same month of the previous year, rising to 15,800 tons.
There was strong growth in exports to the Brazilian and Russian markets during the first month of the year. According to official statistics, Brazil imported 6,770 tons of pears, i.e. 40% more than in the same month of last year, and Russia imported 2,540 tons of pears, i.e. 140% more than in January 2020.
The United States was the third most important destination for this fruit with just over 2,300 tons of pears, registering a 14% year-on-year growth.
These three markets concentrated 75% of all pear exports in January.
"This important rise is temporary. The high temperatures in January advanced the harvest. This was the main factor behind the jump in exports,” according to a market operator.
Stocks in the northern hemisphere
According to reports from the World Association of Apples and Pears (WAPA), as of February 1 of this year, the US had a total of 124,000 tons of pears in storage. This is 3% more than the consolidated stock for this same date of 2020.
Meanwhile, the European Union had 583,000 tons of pears stored, i.e. 22% more stock than in February 2020. According to WAPA data, there are 27% more pears of the Conference variety and 200% more of the Abate Fetel variety. These are two varieties that compete in the European markets with the pear arriving from the southern hemisphere.
Forecasts for the southern hemisphere
WAPA also published next season's southern hemisphere's apple and pear production forecast this week. According to the forecast, which unifies data from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa, in 2021 apple production will increase by 6% over the previous year, while pear production will remain stable.
The Valley of Rio Negro and Neuquen will produce an estimated 658,000 tons of pears, i.e. 1% more than last season and 8% more than the average production between 2018 and 2020. Pear exports are expected to grow by nearly 12% this season.