In marketing year (MY) 2022/23, FAS Santiago estimates that table grape production will decrease by 8.6 percent, reaching 720,000 tons. It predicts that exports will decrease by 8.7 percent, totaling 555,000 tons.
For MY 2022/23, FAS Santiago estimates apple production at 1,000,000 tons, a 2.9 percent decrease from MY 2021/22 on lower planted area. Apple exports will reach 583,000 tons, a 3.2 percent decrease from MY 2021/22. Considering the declining trend in pear planted area, FAS Santiago estimates Chile’s MY 2022/23 fresh pear production to decrease by 4.8 percent and total 210,000 tons, with exports decreasing by 4.9 percent and totaling 110,000 tons.
Data from ODEPA shows a decrease in area planted from all table grape production regions. Competition from Peru in the U.S. market, high production costs (labor, transport, and chemical products), and the need to update table grape varieties has put downward pressure table grape exporters.
Decreases in area planted are especially significant in the Atacama region which has few alternatives to table grape production. In the Coquimbo and Valparaíso regions, reduction in table grape area planted is offset by an increase in citrus area planted.