Pre-harvest estimate beats expectations for Chilean kiwifruit

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Pre-harvest estimate beats expectations for Chilean kiwifruit

In the wake of unusual frosts last year, the Chilean Kiwifruit Committee forecast the industry would only have 40% of its crop, but a recent pre-harvest estimate raises expectations by more than five percentage points. shutterstock_86871658 _ small

Ahead of the harvest that begins in March, on Jan. 31 the committee collected information provided by its members, who represent 80% of the sector.

The newly updated 54.5% loss means the committee believes the industry may now produce 99,190 metric tons (MT) of the fruit, or 9.9 million boxes.

"As the committee has expressed previously, we are sure that the Chilean kiwifruit industry can have an intellegent and unrushed season, allowing for well-coordinated shipments to different markets," committee president Carlos Cruzat said in the pre-harvest report.

In terms of soluble solid and dry matter levels obtained through an orchard monitoring program, rates are higher than they were during the same period last year, leading the committee to project an "excellent quality" of fruit that is within the parameters it sets.

"Respecting the categories of packing is a condition of success, and not doing that probably would mean receiving price adjustments for not conforming with the category," Cruzat said.

"This season we can have a very good return to the grower if we respond appropriately to what the market asks for."


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