DeshidratadosSep. 21, 2021
Nueces/Chile: USDA estima crecimiento del 3% de la producción para año comercial 2021/22
Walnut planted area grew steadily for the past 10 years reaching 43,328 hectares (ha) in MY2020/21 a 6.2 percent increase over MY2019/20 (see Figure 1). Until MY2020/21, walnut planted area was increasing at 2,500 hectares per year. However, due to a general decrease in revenues for Chilean walnut exporters in MY2020/21, planted area growth slowed. Post estimates planted area to reach 45,500 ha in MY2021/22.
Post projects that walnut productivity in MY2020/21 will decrease due to the drought that is affecting the central regions of the country. Most walnut production occurs in the more temperate, central regions, which account for 85.6 percent of the walnut planted area; specifically, Valparaíso, Metropolitana, O’Higgins and Maule (see Table 2). In August 2021, the Chilean Government declared all these regions under a state of agricultural emergency due to drought. The declaration will help producers in these regions receive support to incorporate irrigation technology and to construct water reservoirs.
Post estimates walnut production will reach 152,000 MT for MY2021/22, a 2.7 percent increase over MY2020/21. The increase follows the general growth in planted area. The slowdown in production growth is explained by the lower walnut productivity.
USDA/september 13, 2021