Frutas y HortalizasJun. 10, 2011
Exportación 2011 podría crecer 100% comparado con el año pasado
Apple exports this year could increase by almost 100% compared to 2010, reaching 5,500 tons, but this value is only half of what was exported in 2007, traders in the sector reported.
According to a report of the Observatorio Granjero, apple production increased by 32% over the previous year, the harvest would be greater than in the past 3 years but less than the values produced in the preliminary survey.
A relevant point is that much of the fruit suffered the consequences of water deficit, therefore it is observed the prevalence of medium and small sizes on offer.
Many of these items would go to the industry, while others, especially Gala, would be dropped.
The average whole sale prices (in pesos) were placed in April, below those recorded in the previous year, around 20%.
The forecasts for the remaining moths of the year indicate that according to consumption patterns, there will be enough apples to meet demand until the end of the harvest, although it is still early to get a clear picture of the harvest in quantity and quality.
Meanwhile, traders estimate that wholesale prices for the coming months would behave in a stable way, and could even drop further in the case of lower quality items.
The historical behavior of apple prices indicate that only since August or September, increases start to be observed. These would be of greater importance as we approach the end of the harvest 2011, Uruguay al día reported.