Spanish lemon crop set to grow 10%
Record exports predicted for New Zealand apples
New Zealand’s 2019/20 apple crop is projected to increase by 2.8% to 593,000 tons (source: FAS/Wellington), due to an expanded harvested area and a good growing season, despite the impact of COVID-19 on harvesting and packing. The larger crop is set to boost the country’s apple exports for 2019/2020, which are forecast to hit a record 400,000 tons, up 2.3% on 2018/2019. This continues a promising trend, as apple exports in 2018/2019 rose 5.8% from 2017/2018.
South Africa’s apple exports fall despite larger crop
South Africa’s 2019/20 apple crop is projected to climb 5% to 942,200 tons (source: USDA). This growth is due to the increase in planted are, yields and available irrigation water. The impact of COVID-19 on this year’s crop is expected to be minimal as South Africa has already harvested most of its fruit and full operations continued during the national lock-down.
Colombia works to increase sustainable Hass avocado production
Colombian crops with international certifications—such as the Rainforest Alliance seal, which guarantees sustainable environmental and social practices—increased 315% in just one year.
In 2019, Colombia closed one of its best years as a global supplier of Hass avocados, with over 1,000 hectares bearing an international seal representing sustainable environmental and social practices.
World orange crop slumps
The world’s total orange production for the 2019/20 season is projected to drop 11% to 47.5 million tons due to unfavourable growing conditions in Brazil, Egypt, the European Union, and Morocco, according to USDA data. As a result, consumption, fruit for processing, and fresh exports are also expected to plummet.
Record global peach and nectarine crop in 2019
World’s citrus crop hits record high
Global citrus production in 2018/19 is expected to hit a record high of 101.5 million tons. This represents a year-on-year increase of 9%. Oranges account for 53.4% of the total citrus crop,mandarins represent 31.5%, lemons and limes contribute 8.3%, and grapefruits account for 6.7%. Fresh citrus consumption is estimated at 73.2 million tons, while citrus for processing is forecast to reach 28 million tons (of which 83.8% is oranges).
Chile’s kiwi crop down 10-15%
Official forecasts for Chile’s kiwi production indicate a drop of 10-15% from last season. However, as Carlos Cruzat, president of the Kiwi Committee of Chile, said, this season’s fruit has a greater dry matter and calibre than seen in previous years. Moreover, the committee will be undertaking marketing campaigns in India and the US, focused especially on the new generations of consumers, where this healthy fruit has the greatest potential.