Actualidad nacional e internacionalMay. 22, 2017
USDA: Exportaciones de uva de mesa chilena se incrementarán un 6,3% en CY 2016/17 (texto en inglés)
Table grape exports decreased by 9.63% in MY2015/16 over MY2014/16, reaching a total of 687,559MT (see “Table 3. Chile Export Statistics”). The main market for table grapes continues to be the United States which holds a 45.70% market share. China has been growing as a destination for Chilean tables grapes and held a 17.49% market share in MY2015/16.
Producers from Atacama region, which are the first ones to harvest their table grapes in Chile and hold 16% of the Chilean planted area (7,593 ha). Farmers expressed concern with the low prices their fruit obtained in the U.S. market in December and January MY2016/17, in some cases not even covering production costs. As a result, producers from Atacama region are rethinking the table grape business. According to experts, in order to be competitive and gain profits producers must increase their productivity and fruit caliber (size of the grape), since the market has no demand for lower caliber fruit, and this will require drastic changes like uprooting of less productive orchards and replanting with modern table grape varieties.
Producers from the central regions in Chile, which harvest in January-February, did not face the low price problem in the U.S. market, as supply from Peru decreased in February and the U.S. market was demanding more table grapes from Chile. These producers are the ones located in the central regions of Chile: Valparaiso, Metropolitana and O’Higgins, which together hold 66% of the planted area in Chile.
Export volume was unusually high in December and January MY2016/17 (see graph “Chile: Table grape export volume by month”) following the early harvest dates. Volumes exported up to March 2017 are higher than MY2015/16. Overall a 6.3% export volume increase is projected in MY2016/17 over MY2015/16 totaling 730,000 MT.
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