Chilean fruit sector assesses damage to the frontal system
Despite the snowfall in the pre-Cordillera of the Coquimbo Region, the 35 millimeters of water fall in the metropolitan area and the 60 mm in sectors of the Maule, the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta) reported that the producers They are working in their orchards and have not observed any significant damage due to the storm that affected Chile last week from the Atacama Region to Los Lagos.
The directors of Fedefruta, Cristián Allendes and Antonio Walker, informed that there were no significant damages in cherries or stone plantations, however they have had to increase the applications of fungicides to avoid complications on the eve of the harvests.
Allendes warned that pits and cherries could be affected if it rains two weeks from now and there could be a lack of stock of fungicides if the late rains persist.
A concern within the sector are possible frosts that could be registered.
In turn, the Association of Exporters of Fruits of Chile, AG (ASOEX) also informed that the producing and exporting companies are evaluating the damages produced in the harvests of fruits in development like avocados, blueberries and citrus, and of those crops that They were in bloom such as cherries, stone fruits, table grapes, apples and pears.
Spring has been very irregular in Chile, with rainfall, higher relative humidity, lower average temperatures, hailstorms in several areas, snow in producing areas in the north and in the pre-mountain range of several regions, especially in table grape orchards of the Coquimbo Region.
Forecasts indicate that many of these events will occur until mid-December, due to the El Niño phenomenon. Moreover, today rainfall is again expected between the Antofagasta Region, in northern Chile, and El Maule in the central zone.
The above, and as indicated by the ASOEX, implies that every week that passes there is an increase in the shrinkage of the projected crops, non-uniform sprouting in later fruit trees and, in general, a higher cost due to the control of the plantation's phytosanity .
A positive aspect of the storm was the water fall in the Coquimbo Region, where rainfall exceeded by more than 100 mm those registered last year, which is expected to reach the existing water reservoirs at least for the next two years .
In the interior of this region there were also nevazones that covered orchards of table grapes. According to the director of Fedefruta and president of the Sociedad Agrícola del Norte (SAN), María Inés Figari, these only caused isolated problems.
Ronald Bown, president of the ASOEX said that the industry is on alert and constantly evaluating these situations, and therefore it is not possible to quantify the level of production damage, until the effects can be measured objectively. in the fruit plantations of the climatic conditions of the country.
Source: Fruit Portal
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