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.
Chile’s kiwi crop down 10-15%
Study finds Belgian tomatoes to be “less costly” than Spanish
Belgian tomatoes found to be “less costly” than Spanish tomatoes. This is the finding of a master's thesis carried out by Ellen Peeters, who looked into the social and economic costs of importing tomatoes. Social costs are borne by society (congestion, accidents, air pollution, noise and climate change), rather than by the consumer. Peeters said, "When growing tomatoes in Belgium, external costs mainly consist of CO2 emissions, but these represent only 2% of the total cost. The remaining part is the production costs, which mainly consist of energy (31%) and labour (20%).
Global lemon and lime crop up 5% and sets new record
The world’s production of lemons and limes in 2018/19 is projected to be up 5% to a new record of 8.2 million tons, according to USDA data. Increased volumes have been recorded in Mexico, Argentina, the EU and Turkey, which should more than offset the drop in production in the US. Consumption and exports are both expected to set new records.
World’s grapefruit production climbs 4% and sets new record
The world’s 2018/19 grapefruit crop is projected up 4% to a record 7 million tons, thanks to an improvement in the US crop and a bumper Chinese harvest benefitting from favourable weather and an expanded area. The world’s consumption is up 3% while exports are up 8%, thanks to the higher available supplies, according to USDA data.
Poland concerned about the increase in apple production
There are worries in Poland that the country is becoming too dependent on apple production. Poland ranks third in terms of production area in Europe (167,000 hectares), and is the fastest growing of the EU’s main producers, with an 11% in the past five years, compared with average growth for the EU of 0.4%. Besides apples, the Polish are not ranked highly in any other fruit statistics, while its EU neighbours have all diversified their production. Jakub Olipra, an economist at Credit Agricole, believes that this could lead to a significant oversupply of the fruit in Poland.
Global orange production up 9% in 2018/19
The world’s orange output for 2018/19 is expected to rise 9% to 51.8 million tons, thanks to favourable weather conditions in Brazil and the US. According to USDA data, fresh orange exports are predicted to be up 4% to 5.1 million tons. Brazil’s crop is projected up 13% to 17.8 million tons, of which 12.8 million tons is for processing (+22%). China’s output is expected to fall slightly to 7.2 million, due to unfavourable weather in Jiangxi province. South Africa and Egypt are the top two suppliers to China, accounting for 60% of the country’s imports.
Massive growth of Russian vegetable output
Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced that greenhouse vegetable production is set to hit 1.3 million tons this year, vastly outstripping last year’s record crop (1.1 million tons). And this exponential growth is showing no sign of slowing down, with forecasts of reaching around 2 million tons within five years, thanks partly to sizeable government funding, which almost doubled last year to Rbs240 million. The country’s winter greenhouse production area climbed by over 10% to 2,500ha in 2018, with the strategic Stavropol Territory seeing a 5% increase in volumes to 290,500 tons.
Mexican tomato production forecast at 3.4 million tons in 2018/19 campaign
Mexico’s fresh tomato production for 2018/19 is expected to be 3.4 million metric tons, assuming favourable weather conditions. The production area has been declining in recent times, but yields have increased due to a shift from open-field planting to protected agriculture areas. Protected agriculture is thriving in Mexico as producers become aware of the benefits in production, quality, pest control, and reduced risk exposure to climate change. The tomato planted area for 2018/19 is forecast at 49,600 hectares, which is slightly lower than in 2017/18.
Good South African table grape yield despite ongoing drought
Despite experiencing its worst ever drought, the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has announced a good table grape crop of just over 62 million cartons (4.5kg/carton), with a drop in production of just 8% from the record 67.5 million cartons harvested in the previous season. The drought has been ongoing for three years in three out of the five production regions, especially in the west of the country.
Europe’s peach and nectarine production expected to fall by 8% in 2018
Europe’s peach and nectarine output is estimated at 3,670,000 tons for 2018, constituting a fall of 8% from the previous year. The only country with a positive trend was Greece, (+20%). Spanish production fell 11% to just over 1.5 million tons, with the most affected regions being the mid/late areas of Catalonia and Aragon. In these areas peach production is expected to be 15% lower and nectarine -18%. The earliest regions are also affected, but less so. In Murcia, Extremadura and Andalusia, the decline is 7% for peaches and 13% for nectarines.