Officials in Uruguay expect another bumper harvest

Updated Feb 16, 2023
As agronomic techniques improve and recently-planted groves enter maturity, Uruguay’s agriculture ministry expects production to continue to rise in the medium term.
Officials from the ministry of agriculture and some independent agronomists anticipate a bumper harvest for Uruguay in 2023. In a recent report, the ministry expected the 2023 harvest to exceed last year’s near-record yield. The ministry based its preliminary estimates on the state of flowering and fruit set in the groves. According to data from the International Olive Council, South America’s smallest olive oil-producing country yielded 2,000 tons in the 2021/22 crop year, slightly below the record-high 2,500 tons of the 2019/20 crop year. “The state of the olive groves in Uruguay has improved with the rainfall received,” said Sergio Gómez, the Uruguayan director of Onoser, who advises many of the country’s largest producers. Barring untimely frosts, which complicated previous harvests, the ministry expects Uruguayan olive oil production to continue its upward trend. The ministry cited two major factors for the rising Uruguayan olive oil production: better agronomic techniques, ...
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