In a recent interview, Jorge Valenzuela, President of Fedefruta Chile, pointed out that “There has been a redistribution of people, which has not impacted the cherry harvest, which is quite active, like the blueberries. In winter we were talking about 50 or 70% in the lack of labor, there were problems in citrus fruits, but now in fresh fruit we are not seeing it, having an increase, yes, in costs, but we have a good condition of fruit."
According to Valenzuela, there are agricultural tasks that are not being able to be done because now people have migrated towards the harvest. "For example, table grapes and the whole issue of cluster arrangements, is so important to have good fruit, but there we are with problems," he said.
"Today, the logistics issue is what is most worrying us, there is an increase in the price of containers of double and even triple, but also with materials. And we're also concerned with what we are seeing with the Omicron variant, if it could cause the closure of some ports,” Valenzuela concluded.