Brazilian fruit cultivation registered a reduction of 11% in value and volume in fruit exports. However, despite these and other factors that contributed to this reduction, melon, lemon and watermelon increased in the first six months of the 2022 y-o-y.
Regarding melon exports, the average for the semester totaled more than US$ 56.1 million in sales, an increase of 7%. Shipments totaled 94.100 tons of fruit, 9% more than in the same period of the previous year.
According to the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Derivatives (ABRAFRUTAS), historically, Central America used to send large volumes of melons to the European Union in this first semester. However, due to some climatic problems, the volumes sent saw a significant reduction, this factor made Brazil move part of the melons that would be sold in the domestic market for export, aiming to meet the growth of European demand.
Watermelon also recorded an increase, with a 20% increase in volume and 32% in value. The executive director of Abrafrutas, Eduardo Brandão, says that the growth in watermelon exports can be justified by the same reasons as melons, but added to the increase in watermelon consumption in Europe, as a result of the improvement in fruit quality.