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Apples: French production at average level of 2017-2021

“As of July 1st 2022, the French apple production was 7% higher than last year, therefore reaching the average of the harvests of 2017 to 2021. This increase concerns all regions except for Aquitaine and Paca. From August 2021 to May 2022, the revenue of apple producers was 8% higher than the previous year,” according to Agreste. 

2022 production at the average level of 2017-2021
As of July 2022, the French apple production was 7% higher than last year. With an estimated 410,000 tons, it has reached the production levels of 2017-2021. This year is marked by some rotation for the Golden, with yields estimated to be lower than in 2021. At this stage, the development of the vegetation is clearly early and calibers are large. The final level of production will depend on the water availability from rainfall or irrigation.

Revenue above average
From August 2021 to May 2022, the revenue of apple producers increased by 8% compared to the average of the past 5 seasons, thanks to the high prices. 

Prices were down at the end of the campaign because of the early arrival of summer fruit and a slower elimination of the stocks than usual since early 2022. 

The volumes of French apples that were exported within the European Union during this period are down because of the growing competition: -21% compared to last year, and -33% compared to the average of the past 5 years. French exports are clearly down when it comes to European destinations, except for Italy where the apple production was severely impacted by the frost. To third countries, the exports were almost stable, thanks to a particularly dynamic end of the campaign.

In volume and in value, the French trade surplus in apples is down because of the decrease in exports to the European Union and the increase of imports, especially from Poland and Belgium.

Source: agriculture.gouv.fr

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