Agronometrics in Charts: Chilean cherry season ramps up
Global shipments of Chilean cherries this year are expected to hit a record 447000 metric tons, an increase of 25 percent over the previous season. Following shipment delays and difficulties encountered during the 2021/2022 season, Asoex responded with greater urgency to ensure a more efficient flow of ships and containers for the current season. At the same time, factors such as an anticipated Chinese Spring Festival in 2023 have given way to a number of new developments in the market.
Cristián Tagle, president of the ASOEX Cherries Committee, pointed out that this year's crop is expected to be of superior quality due to favorable weather conditions and highlighted the efforts being made to overcome port delays and congestion. According to Tagle, ASOEX's strong promotional programs will have a positive impact on export volumes to the United States.
According to Freya Huang, Marketing Coordinator of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX), the promotional theme for this season is "a little red, a little luck" that unites cherries with red. color symbolizing good fortune in Chinese culture. The ASOEX Chilean Cherries Committee has designed a series of promotional posters under the slogan and made them available to all Chilean cherry retailers.
"Asoex together with growers and exporters are working hard on various fronts to improve market access for their fruit." says freya.
According to Professor Marlene Ayala, professor and researcher at the Catholic University of Chile, the country needs new early and late varieties to avoid a large volume of fruit being harvested and processed during December and early January. Most commercial orchards (mid-season varieties) are harvested in a very short time, creating logistical problems involving packaging, storage, and shipping. In addition, the accumulation of fruits in a short period reduces the benefits of producers. Production must be redistributed, encouraging fruit production before or after the season.
Growers are constantly testing new varieties based on potential yields and projected prices. The national program of genetic improvement (PMG) of cherries, which is carried out by the INIA with the support of biofruit trees and the Chilean Economic Development Corporation (CORFO), is giving special importance to the search for cherry varieties that are competitive, visually appealing to the consumer, travel well and can be grown in the north-central region of Chile, without the need for of cold winters, says Dr. José Manuel Donoso, geneticist of the INIA program.
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