The harvest in the North Zone (Coquimbo and Valparaíso) is almost finished with 21% more fruit than the previous campaign. The central zone volumes are decreasing and exports are slightly lower, the same is noticed in the central south zone, which is currently entering the peak of harvest weeks. This adjustment is associated with a drop in the exports of the early varieties, mainly Duke and ONeal, due to the high concentration of crops, the variety renewal and also the effect of the frost that affected some sectors of the south central area. On the contrary, the mid-season varieties are seen with more volume, which could be associated to earlier harvests thanks to the favorable climatic conditions of this spring. The southern zone meanwhile is just beginning with certain earliness in Duke's crops and larger export volumes for the time.
Considering the above, 9,145 tons were exported during week 50 and the total up to date reaches 27,350 tons, being the first time in the current season that the accumulated volumes reach a lower figure than the previous season, which represents a 2% drop in the total shipments. On the other hand, organic blueberry continues to increase and until week 50 the shipments reached 60% more fruit than the previous season, with 3,740 tons accumulated.
CHILEAN BLUEBERRY EXPORTS, BY WEEK AND ACCUMULATED UP TO WEEK 51, IN TONS
In Coquimbo Region the harvest has finished while in Valparaiso only remain some orchards with Jewel.
The O Higgins Region is already passing the peak of volumes in early varieties such as ONeal and Star. Duke is also with decreasing volumes. Other late varieties as Legacy are increasing but the volumes are low.
The Maule region is at the peak of harvest weeks. The early varieties are already in its final stage. Duke volumes are decreasing, the harvest of this variety was very concentrated. On the rise is Legacy, which is presenting a normal harvest rhythm for the time, without the concentration observed in Duke. In the Ñuble Region, the main variety in harvest is Duke which is at the peak of volumes, a similar situation is observed in the BioBio Region.
In the Araucanía, the harvest remains focused on Duke. Volumes continue to rise but are not in the peak yet. Further south, the harvest is just beginning with Duke, volumes are light and in line with last season.