According to an analysis based on the comparison of the consolidated statistics in the first eight months of this year with the same period of the previous year, in 2021 Argentina will market nearly 100,000 fewer tons of pome fruits than in 2020.
Official data show that at the end of August 2021, the total of pears and apples that were placed in the markets and stored rose to 1,077,350 tons, i.e. nearly 8% less than in the same period of the previous year. In absolute values, the decrease amounts to just over 98,700 tons.
The main losses were registered in apples, which fell by nearly 12% in the analyzed period. The volumes at stake in the first two quarters of the year amounted to just over 498,000 tons: some 351,600 tons that were traded and 147,200 tons that are still in stock. The losses in absolute terms reach 67,200 tons when compared to the consolidated values in the same period of 2020.
According to the statistics, so far this year, the industrial segment has had the biggest volume decrease in the market. Official figures detail that it has had a 32% fall in annual terms, which affected the demand for labor of the juicers that export their production this season. Fresh apple exports decreased by 23% and sales to the domestic market showed fell by 13%.
Positive numbers are only observed in apple stocks at the end of August. According to the data provided by the Rio Negro Fruit Growing secretariat, apple stocks show a 34% interannual increase.
Pears, more stable
More than 571,000 tons of pears were placed up to the end of August this season. The figure reflects a nearly 5% year-on-year drop. In absolute terms, this amounts to nearly 31,500 fewer tons.
In relative terms, the smallest stocks have had the greatest drop. According to data provided by the Rio Negro Fruit Growing Secretariat, at the end of August, pear stocks have decreased by 17% over the same period in the previous year. The volume of pears allocated for the industry has fallen by 8% and the volume allocated for exports fell by 4%.
The only fruit outlet that increased its volume over the previous year was the domestic market, which increased by just over 5,000 tons.