Argentina: Cherry exports are estimated at 6,000 tons
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Published Nov 29, 2023
Despite delays caused by cold weather, Argentine cherry producers anticipate a positive season with good quality cherries. While some areas experienced losses due to splitting, other regions like Mendoza and Austral Patagonia have avoided major damage. The country exports about half of its cherry production to markets such as the US, Europe, and the Middle East, with shipments to China beginning by air last week.
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The manager of CAPCI, Aníbal Caminiti, explained to PortalFrutícola.com that they have observed good quality of the cherries and that they anticipate a positive season despite the production delays due to the unusually cold spring weather. "The main characteristic of this season is that the harvest is delayed more than usual between 7 and 10 days. This is basically due to non-seasonal weather, with a low temperature variation between day and night," says Camineti. He indicated that, as in Chile, due to the rains we had some splitting that affected Royal Down, there are fields that had losses of 30% to 50% and in the area of Río Negro and Neuquén. Fortunately Mendoza and Austral Patagonia were not affected, and have full production. Weather issues have worried South American producers for most of 2023, mainly due to the dreaded El Niño phenomenon, which has brought heavy rain and higher temperatures. However, Camineti affirms that Argentine cherry producers have managed to avoid ...