A continuación reproducimos actualización enviada por el Consorcio ABC corrigiendo la estimación de exportaciones.
In our pre-season report through week 37, the forecast for the 2013 Argentinean blueberry total export volume is overall relatively flat compared to the 2012 season. Last season, Argentina had an actual total export volume of 15,069 metric tons (MT). This season, ABC is forecasting a total export volume of 14,000 MT, a slight decline of 7 percent or 1,069 MT from 2012. The forecasted volumes for 2013 by region are as follows: 5,500 MT from Tucuman, 6,200 MT from Concordia, and 2,300 MT from Buenos Aires.
The slight volume decline was due to a late onset of frost. Concordia experienced early production of buds on some blueberry crops, while other regions like Tucuman saw their varieties were susceptible to frost damage because of the crop’s phase of development. To ensure only the best blueberries are received, less fruit will be exported for the first few weeks. ABC still anticipates peak harvest to be at weeks 43, 44 and 45. ABC encourages retailers to hold sales promotions during this peak in Argentinean blueberry production.