Apple exports from the Rio Negro region in the first four months of the year have suffered a sharp decline when compared to the same period of last year. According to the Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa), in the first four months of the year, the region exported 24,071 tons of apples, a figure that represents a 30% year-on-year drop. This is the region’s apple’s lowest export volume in the short history of this regional fruit sector.
Official statistics show that most of the destinations showed negative numbers. “The information shows that the amount of fruit harvested was much lower than what was initially projected,” stated a market operator when asked about the issue.
In addition, shipments to the domestic market and stocks registered in cold stores also fell in this first part of the year.
According to Senasa, the region’s pear exports declined by 4% in the first four months of the year. The region shipped a total of 171,865 tons of pears in the first four months of this year.
In total, the region stopped exporting some 17,000 tons of pears and apples, which means they have lost just over 14 million dollars in revenue for said exports.